The outstanding athletic facilities at Harvey offer our student-athletes a competitive edge. Many of the fields have been upgraded in the past three years and plans are in place to continue this effort. The athletic center houses three basketball/volleyball courts, the fitness center, the trainer’s room and locker rooms.
- Athletic Center
- Fitness Center
- Weight Room
- McConnell Gym
- Evarts Rink
- Tennis Courts
- Ledes Nature Trail
Harvey athletics are blessed with an abundance of athletic fields throughout the campus. The recently renovated Raymond Kuntz Fields complex (located at the Evarts Rink entrance) boasts two full-playing fields and a half field. The majority of our game fields are located next to the school’s main entrance.
The fully enclosed ice rink is home to Harvey Hockey and offers a variety of instructional skating programs. The arena operates all year long and was built to serve the needs of those interested in skating.
Evarts Ice Rink has been operating a group ice skating lesson program for more than 30 years. Learn To Skate USA for SPS 1 through Freeskate 6 is sanctioned by United States Figure Skating (USFS).
Evarts Rink is conveniently located ¾ of a mile south of the intersection of Route 35 and Route 22 in Katonah. From I-684 or the Saw Mill River Parkway, take Exit 6 to Route 35 east to Route 22 south.
The John G. Davis Tennis Center honors Harvey 1950 alumnus John G. Davis, whose father, Dwight Filley Davis, is credited with establishing the Davis Cup. John G. Davis, who died in 2014, named Harvey in his Charitable Remainder Trust. A majority of those funds went to building the tennis courts.
The new tennis courts are situated on the open fields adjacent to the upper campus parking lot on Harvey's 125-acre campus on Route 22 in Katonah. Programs for boy and girls offered at Harvey include varsity, junior varsity and middle school.
The Harvey School's tennis courts were officially opened Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by faculty, students, parents, alumni and donors. "So many hands went into building these courts," said Harvey Headmaster Barry Fenstermacher, who praised Phillip Bowers, the chairman of the capital campaign for helping to raise $5 million that contributed to building the courts. Bowers, in turn, gratefully acknowledged those who supported the campaign. "You should be very proud of what we accomplished collectively," said Bowers.
A family’s Long Commitment to Harvey Honored with the Ledes Nature Trail
Independent filmmaker Richard Ledes '71 fondly remembers once cutting back saplings and removing branches to make a path through the woods from Sylvan Hall to the science labs in a nearby building. “It was a short, simple path,” Ledes says, “but over time it became well worn through use. I remember taking that path between classes and enjoying that respite in the day.”
It is thus fitting that a new nature trail is being named in honor of the Ledes family, recognizing their contribution to helping Harvey grow. The Sally and John Ledes Nature Trail, named for Richard’s parents, will begin across from the Krasne Middle School building, have a second entry point near the Walker Center for the Arts, and continue as far as the soccer and lacrosse greens known as Raymond G. Kuntz Field. For many years the Ledes family owned part of the land the trail will traverse; their parcel stretched west of Harvey along Jay Street. The school rented a small piece of this land for athletic use.
In 2010, the Ledes family invited Harvey to acquire the 25 acres for a modest sum, far below the traditional market value for land in the Bedford area. “The opportunity to expand our campus boundaries opens up untold possibilities,” says Assistant Headmaster
Dick Wyland. “We greatly appreciate the investment that John and Sally Ledes made in Harvey students and the school’s future.”
Ledes says his father is delighted that the new nature trail will bear the family name and that his mother, who passed away in 2011, would also have been pleased because she so enjoyed walking in the woods. “The Harvey School has been a part of our lives going back to when I first attended in the 1960s,” he says. Richard’s brother, George, a magazine publisher in New York City, also attended Harvey, graduating in 1973. “Through the years,” Ledes adds, “my parents always have been close to the school, getting to know the different headmasters and faculty who lived nearby.”
The Ledes Nature Trail will enhance other initiatives to encourage students to fully experience the beauty of the now-125-acre campus. Last year’s seniors built an outdoor classroom during their on-campus community service day. Work on the nature trail is underway, with junior Harry Albert leading the effort as part of his community service project for becoming an Eagle Scout. Students may continue to develop the trail over the year, perhaps adding labels for native plants or extending it to connect into the cross-country course.