The Town of New Windsor donated approximately 157,000 gallons of water to fill the City of Newburgh’s pool just in time for summer, which began on June 20.
Firefighters from the New Windsor and City of Newburgh fire departments helped fill the pool on Wednesday evening. The firefighters used a hose that stretched more than 3,000 feet from John Street in New Windsor to the pool in Newburgh to fill it. The city’s Aquatic Center is located at the corner of Washington Street and Robinson Avenue.
“It was an important thing to do for the kids of the city,” New Windsor Supervisor George Green said. “Can you imagine those kids going all summer without a pool? They have that beautiful facility. They should be able to utilize it.”
“If it prevents one crime it’s paid for,” Green said. “That’s what neighbors are for.”
The volunteer firefighters from the New Windsor Fire Department, led by Chief Al Padilla, did a “wonderful job” filling the pool, Green said. “They should be commended.”
Various statistics have pointed toward a spike in city crime levels during hot, humid summer months. The pool has been viewed as a tool that helps curb that trend. Hundreds of children are estimated to use the pool daily.