Children of All Ages are Gonna Love the Splash Park and Pool

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Just in time for summer the renovation of the War Veterans Memorial Pool in Middletown has been opened with a ribbon cutting.  Benefactor Richard Rowley got some assistance from the young people on hand as his family and Mayor Joseph DeStefano looked on. Ribbon Cutting --War Veterans Memorial Pool

A plaque was dedicated honoring the Rowley Family for the donation of $200,000 to the $1.4 Million dollar project.    $400,000 in federal funds also benefited the project. Mayor DeStefano said that when Kiplinger Magazine picked Middletown as the eighth best place to bring up children  in America one of the reasons was because of the city’s strong support of recreation and parks.   He praised the management and staff of the recreation and parks department and the taxpayers of  Middletown for their support of projects like this.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Rowley and DeStefano shared a light hearted moment as Rowley told stories about playing at the pool as a boy.     Rowley’s family has a long business and community service history in Middletown.

The pool is open 7 days a week from noon to 6pm.   Admission is $1.00 for Children,  $3.00 for Adults.

There is a monthly pass available which can save you money.  Get more details at the Parks and Recreation Website.

Splash Deck TourThe pool is located in Fancher Davidge Park at 39 Frank Shorter Way, Middletown, NY 10940.   There is parking at the pool.   In addition you’ll find walking trails, playground areas and picnic tables nearby.

After the ribbon cutting Mayor DeStefano (L),  Thomas Elwood the Commissioner for the Recreation and Parks Department, Rollin Lybolt Chairman of the Recreation and Parks Commission, and Richard Rowley checked out the new splash park.

Below Chairman Lybolt sets off the Blaster for the Water Jets in the Splash Park.


Recreation Commission Chairman Roland Lybolt

By Arthur Livesey


  1. linda jansen says

    Loved the article on the pool at Davidge Park. Rich Rowley graduated with me from MHS in 1972. The Rowley family has done a great thing for the the Middletown community.

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