DEPEW PARK
Peekskill, Westchester County, New York


Directions:

This park is adjacent to and north of Blue Mountain Reservation. There are many different entrances, but the main one is on Walnut Street off Hudson Avenue in Peekskill.


History:

1901  --  U.S. Senator Chauncey M. Depew gave to the Village of Peekskill a tract of about 40 acres, long known as Depew's Woods. 

1903  --  Matthew Clune suggested the land be made into public park and the Legislature passed a bill to set up a park commission.

1918  --an additional gift of 10 acres expanded the park to 50 acres.  Another 10 acres was purchased.

A brook was dammed to form Mitchell Lake. 

There is a statue of Chauncey Mitchell Depew on a hill near the main lake of the park. Chauncey Mitchell Depew (born 4/23/1834, Peekskill; died 4/5/1928, New York City), U.S. railroad lawyer and politician who is best remembered as an orator, a wit, and an after-dinner speaker.

(Source: French 1925:1009-1010.)


Facilities:

There is a swimming pool, basket ball courts, baseball fields, a track, and many other activities.


Trails:

The trail can be picked up across the park road from the basketball court.

Also here is the Sachoes Nature Center.