Every year, the Newburgh to Beacon Swim, organized by the River Pool in Beacon, raises money to keep the River Pool open all summer long. Here’s why you should participate…
1. You love to swim, and you love a challenge.
Lap-swimming at the Y just isn’t cutting it anymore, and you’ve been eye-balling that mile-long stretch between Newburgh and Beacon for quite some time. Don’t worry; you won’t be going it alone. Kayakers and other watercraft will be accompanying you along the way, offering encouragement and assistance in a laid-back, non-race setting. Swimming participants contribute a $75 registration fee ($25 for participants under 18) and asked to raise a minimum of $100 in sponsorship for the River Pool. Swimmers and kayakers can read more of the requirements and register to participate here.
2. You don’t swim, but you want to help support the River Pool.
In that case, sponsor one of the swimmers! You can see a full list of registered swimmers and sponsor them directly here. Or, you can donate to the River Pool, a 501(c)(3) organization, anytime you want, here.
3. The River Pool in Beacon is a cool concept, and it deserves your support.
The River Pool at Beacon is situated off-shore of Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park in the Dutchess County city of Beacon, and it’s open Tuesdays through Sundays, 12pm to 6pm, July through Labor Day. It’s free of charge to take a swim in the netted, circular pool that floats in the Hudson. When open, there’s always a lifeguard on duty, making the perfect spot to bring the kids or enjoy a soak all on your own. And, yes, the river’s water quality is tested every week by the Dutchess County Department of Health. Find out more about the River Pool at Beacon here.