Arrow Park

Seven Decades of History, Heritage, Conservation and Preservation

 

 

The Board of Directors welcomes everyone to the 70th Anniversary of Arrow Park.

 

We welcome you to share your memories of the park, your families, friends and the wonderful events that were a part of our lives.

 

Over 70 years ago, Slavic Clubs were commonly formed to preserve the cultural heritage of immigrants that had arrived in The New World. Most entered the United States through Ellis Island. They soon established ethnic dance, chorus, and drama groups in New York, Newark and the surrounding urban areas.  The idea for “a place in the country” was born in these communities, particulary for those in the New York and New Jersey areas.

 

In the years immediately following World War II, a number of progressive groups and individuals formed an association, with the purpose of finding a suitable location away from the cities where their family and friends could find fresh air, rest, relaxation, and build a center of cultural and social activity.  After considerable searching on May 1, 1948, AROW FARM had been purchased at 1061 Orange Turnpike in Monroe, NY.

 

“The first peaceful sight, as one turns off Orange Turnpike, is the gently dipping road leading into the park which is gracefully canopied over by tall stately oak trees.  On both sides of the picture postcard view is further enhanced by pleasant fields and the Schunnemunk mountaintops.  Even after one has repeatedly traversed its several hundred acres and revisited its various points of interest, there is no lessening of appreciation of its idyllic surroundings.  One always leaves Arrow Park with a deep sense of regret, but yet with the happy thought that this cooperative people’s resort is waiting there for the next visit.”

 

“The cultural project approved by shareholders on January 24, 1965, is a continuation of the process of the Slavic immigrant movement to preserve its cultural heritage, to develop consciousness and pride in this rich heritage, particularly in the young generation and those that follow.  It follows therefore, that since the majority of American people are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants, so is our culture an immigrant culture, a rich amalgam unique in the history of nations.”

 

The above was written in the original booklet for the 25th Anniversary of Arrow Park. These sentiments still ring true to all of us who have worked and continue to work for the survival of this enchanted property.

 

To that end – and to preserve the natural beauty of the park – over 300 acres were sold to the State of New York a few years ago. This area of the Arrow Park Property is now a part of Sterling Forest.  Sterling Forest State Park includes 22,000 acres of protected, nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas. It is a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area for all to enjoy. The lake and mountain views of Arrow Park will always remain untouched, so what our forefathers saw in 1947 our grandchildren and great grandchildren and anyone who visits now and in perpetuity will see what they saw.

 

We have formed a new Not-For-Profit, Friends of Arrow Park, to continue to provide affordable cultural activities for all people as Americans to celebrate their culture and history.

The future of Arrow is bright. We have a thriving wedding and event center, which is still a haven for people from all walks of life and nationalities who find it’s atmosphere, natural beauty and fresh air a welcome escape from the pressures city living.  A place to celebrate, life, love and family.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MISSION
[As Revised. Annual Meeting 2017]

 

To preserve, protect and improve all the physical assets owned by Arrow Park Inc. so as to maintain a place of beauty, peacefulness and recreation in a manner that permits Arrow Park, Inc. shareholders and their families and friends to enjoy this beauty.

 

To invite, encourage and sponsor cultural activities for all guests of Arrow Park, Inc.

 

To develop profit-making ventures that will generate sufficient profits to allow for the accomplishment of the first two objectives. These activities may also be structured to allow the furthering of the social and cultural goals of Arrow Park, Inc.

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Arrow Park

Seven Decades of History, Heritage, Conservation and Preservation

 

 

The Board of Directors welcomes everyone to the 70th Anniversary of Arrow Park.

 

We welcome you to share your memories of the park, your families, friends and the wonderful events that were a part of our lives.

 

Over 70 years ago, Slavic Clubs were commonly formed to preserve the cultural heritage of immigrants that had arrived in The New World. Most entered the United States through Ellis Island. They soon established ethnic dance, chorus, and drama groups in New York, Newark and the surrounding urban areas.  The idea for “a place in the country” was born in these communities, particulary for those in the New York and New Jersey areas.

 

In the years immediately following World War II, a number of progressive groups and individuals formed an association, with the purpose of finding a suitable location away from the cities where their family and friends could find fresh air, rest, relaxation, and build a center of cultural and social activity.  After considerable searching on May 1, 1948, AROW FARM had been purchased at 1061 Orange Turnpike in Monroe, NY.

 

“The first peaceful sight, as one turns off Orange Turnpike, is the gently dipping road leading into the park which is gracefully canopied over by tall stately oak trees.  On both sides of the picture postcard view is further enhanced by pleasant fields and the Schunnemunk mountaintops.  Even after one has repeatedly traversed its several hundred acres and revisited its various points of interest, there is no lessening of appreciation of its idyllic surroundings.  One always leaves Arrow Park with a deep sense of regret, but yet with the happy thought that this cooperative people’s resort is waiting there for the next visit.”

 

“The cultural project approved by shareholders on January 24, 1965, is a continuation of the process of the Slavic immigrant movement to preserve its cultural heritage, to develop consciousness and pride in this rich heritage, particularly in the young generation and those that follow.  It follows therefore, that since the majority of American people are either immigrants or descendants of immigrants, so is our culture an immigrant culture, a rich amalgam unique in the history of nations.”

 

The above was written in the original booklet for the 25th Anniversary of Arrow Park. These sentiments still ring true to all of us who have worked and continue to work for the survival of this enchanted property.

 

To that end – and to preserve the natural beauty of the park – over 300 acres were sold to the State of New York a few years ago. This area of the Arrow Park Property is now a part of Sterling Forest.  Sterling Forest State Park includes 22,000 acres of protected, nearly pristine natural refuge amidst of one of the nation's most densely populated areas. It is a remarkable piece of woodland, a watershed for millions, and a tremendous outdoor recreation area for all to enjoy. The lake and mountain views of Arrow Park will always remain untouched, so what our forefathers saw in 1947 our grandchildren and great grandchildren and anyone who visits now and in perpetuity will see what they saw.

 

We have formed a new Not-For-Profit, Friends of Arrow Park, to continue to provide affordable cultural activities for all people as Americans to celebrate their culture and history.

The future of Arrow is bright. We have a thriving wedding and event center, which is still a haven for people from all walks of life and nationalities who find it’s atmosphere, natural beauty and fresh air a welcome escape from the pressures city living.  A place to celebrate, life, love and family.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MISSION
[As Revised. Annual Meeting 2017]

 

To preserve, protect and improve all the physical assets owned by Arrow Park Inc. so as to maintain a place of beauty, peacefulness and recreation in a manner that permits Arrow Park, Inc. shareholders and their families and friends to enjoy this beauty.

 

To invite, encourage and sponsor cultural activities for all guests of Arrow Park, Inc.

 

To develop profit-making ventures that will generate sufficient profits to allow for the accomplishment of the first two objectives. These activities may also be structured to allow the furthering of the social and cultural goals of Arrow Park, Inc.

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