Updated 06/29/2012 10:33 PM
City of Newburgh opens pool for summer
The heat is on and in the City of Newburgh, thank goodness, the pool is open. Our Christian Farrell filed this report poolside.
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NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Pool space was at a premium Friday in the City of Newburgh. The Newburgh Aquatic Center at Delano Hitch Park opened its gates this summer for the first time.
"This is something for Newburgh. It's been here for 40 something years. We love it," said local resident George Blake.
"Everybody here needs a place to swim. They really don't have anywhere else to go, you know," said pool manager John Paulbaum.
"You always see faces you haven't seen in a long time when you go the pool," said Milett Vann of Newburgh.
It's an especially popular place to be on a 90 degree day. Some 200 people use the pool on this day.
"What would you be doing if the pool wasn't open?" our reporter asked.
"Sweating like crazy," said one young swimmer.
The Newburgh Aquatic Center is open for six weeks, from now until mid-August, Monday through Saturday from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. A daily pass for kids costs just one dollar.
"We'd rather come here to the local pool then go anywhere else because it's cheaper," said another swimmer.
With the extended forecast calling for more hot, hot weather, city officials announced the pool will be open all weekend, including Sunday. Good news for everybody, except Marcus Cardona.
"Broken ankle," said Cardona.
"Can't go in the water?" our reporter asked.
"Nope," said Cardona.
At least not for another three weeks.