Their page is full of stories about Peekskill's history, memories of good times, photos from decades ago, as well as current photos, and much more.
As someone who has only lived in Peekskill for one year and is still learning about its rich history every day, this Facebook group is a wonderful glimpse into the people, places and stories of Peekskill's past.
The photo attached to this posting was posted on the Peekskill NY in Photos group by Richard Surak. He accompanied it with the following:
Then someone mentioned how beautiful is...all relative to what you remember it to be. It's nice but nowhere close to what we remember it to be for those that grew up there thru the 1960's & 1970's. There were more trees, bushes, better paved roads thru the park, the ducks & peacocks, larger Lake Mitchell (before it was filled in on the right side).We had brutal winters back then were the Lake would freeze for at least a good two months. Most of the kids played outside back then & there were many different groups all over the park. The gulley, just past the Fremont St. entrance, had nightly games of whiffle ball, kickball or football. The 'heads' would hang out up by the bandstand with 'cool' music blasting from their car speakers. There was always weed to be purchased there from a friend , for those that were into that stuff. My good pal Richie Papa once climbed to the very top of the bandstand to let out one of his famous Tarzan 'calls'.Always something to do up there back then!
The photo and comment sparked a thread with dozens of comments and 66 "likes." People reminisced about ice-skating, feeding the ducks, fireworks, wedding photos and peacocks! Were there really peacocks at the park? Are they still there?
Facebook user John Annacone responded to Surak:
Yes, it was a beautiful park. Back in the 50's was my time to enjoy all the park had to offer, including fire works on the 4th of July. I remember playing baseball on the ball field and the soft ball field. As a young child my mom would take me to the kiddy pool. How great that was on a hot day. Older, I played horse shoes. There was a horse shoe league back then. It's all part of my past that can never be captured again. But all great memories.
I have not spent nearly enough time in Depew Park, but I have hiked through a few times and enjoyed the nature.
Parents of today, is the park the same for you and your children? Tell us what you love about Depew or what you'd like to see. Is that sense of community, fun and safety still there?
Thank you very much to Richard Surak for allowing us to share his photo and comments. You can find the Peekskill NY in Photos page here. You can find regular posting of current photos of Peekskill and Cortlandt on our Facebook page here. Also, please follow us on Twitter and instagram (pkctpatch).