Teacher, coach, historian, naturalist, mentor – Peter Oley was all this and more. As a professional and a volunteer, Pete offered his invaluable services to the Village of Irvington for over half a century.
For decades he walked the area near the Village Reservoir laying out trails and encouraged his students, scouts and volunteers to do the same. He frequently met with Parks and Recreation Department members about ways to maintain and improve the trails. Peter was the individual most responsible for the existence of our current trailways system.
Doug Wilson of the non-profit Irvington Landmarks Preservation, proposed that the Village name some part of the trailways area after Peter. After conferring with the Village Trailways Committee, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee recommended that the entire Village trailways system be named after Peter Oley and that this should be noted on trailways kiosks to be erected at the north and south entrances.
On July 19, 2010, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name the Village's trailways system after Peter Oley.