Mountain Lodge Park, New York
Historically Mountain Lodge Park was a community of summer homes but over the years it has gradually been transformed to mostly full year residences. There are approximately 800 homes that are split between the two 'sides'. One side is considered the Mountain Lodge Park side and the other side is called Glenwood Hills. Mountain Lodge Park was developed with some fits and starts just before and then after World War Two. Glenwood Hills was developed in the 1950s with building continuing into the 1970s. During the Carter Administration the community was offered an opportunity to pave all roads and install municipal water and sewage lines while it was being rebuilt after a terrible storm. The residents in the area turned down the offer as it would have increased taxes on homes that were unoccupied for most of the year. Generally on the Mountain Lodge Park side the houses are further apart but most of the roads (trails) are unpaved. On the Glenwood Hills side most of the houses are closer together but the roads are paved.
From the 1960s through the 1980s the community featured a volunteer fire department, a general store, a seasonal municipal water supply, two neighboring horseback riding academies, a large pool area, a synagogue, and a multi-purpose meeting house. Mountain Lodge Road exits Mountain Lodge Park in the Town Of Blooming Grove and cuts a winding path to nearby Washingtonville.
Former New York City Councilman Peter Vallone, Sr. is said to have lifeguarded at the pool there.
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