Don't let the name fool you...the organizers of this event - The Beacon Recreation Department - are inspired by all sorts of things. This 2nd annual epic trail run through the University Settlement Park is named it after a road race movie (Cannonball Run) starring Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, and Farrah Fawcett. Only in this case, the run is with your legs - you're jogging, walking or sprinting the 5K or 1Mile trail - and the cannonball is going to be YOU jumping into the pool after you finish the race!
That's right - the Beacon Pool is part of the course! Bonus points for the raffle prize you might win from Meyer's Olde Dutch (burgers and such from MOD), Mountain Tops Outfitters, Garrison Art Center, Fishkill Farms, or one of the many more local business sponsors who have stepped up to aid in the fundraising efforts of this run. You don't even have to be a runner/walker to enter the raffle!
A Little Beacon Blog is a proud media sponsor of Beacon's Cannonball Run because we are hooked on its mission. The proceeds from the race registrations and raffle tickets go to the Beacon After School Program, which started in Beacon's elementary schools. But if enough is raised, and another mile marker is hit, then monies will be used towards the starting of the After School Program in the Middle School. This has been a tremendous program benefiting kids and working parents, and parents who simply want more options for their kids after school.
Read our article to learn more about the program and the race, and see you bright and early tomorrow (Saturday) morning!
As you play at Riverfront Park, now known as Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, you may have experienced the extreme desire to swim in the Hudson River to cool off. Well now you can - because The River Pool at Beacon is open again this year! Starting in 2007, five years after submitting plans to New York State for construction, the pool opened for the first time to people everywhere, originally proposed by the pool's co-founder, Pete Seeger, according to the pool's History page.
What's a River Pool?
The river pool is netted and shallow, with a net bottom designed by Meta Brunzema Architect P.C., a New York City-based design firm. You could crawl on it, with a child on your back, pretending you are an alligator gliding just under the water surface. Or you could sit or stand in the shallow water, enjoying the breeze off the water and gazing up or down the river, thankful you aren't in the traffic moving or not moving on the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge. Or, you could simply sit on the colorful plastic seats basking in the sun, and then slip further into the water when you're ready.
River pools aren't unique to this spot - they have been around since at least 1830 up and down the Hudson River, but pulled out after 1930 due to water pollution. Pete Seeger was a major advocate for cleanup of the Hudson River. Thanks to his efforts as well as many other organizations including Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper, the river has improved since then, and has advocacy from many in its corner to continue in this direction.
Can Anyone Go Into the River Pool?
It's a free pool for all, thanks to support from individual donations, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Durst Organization, the Abrons Foundation, the Hudson River Foundation. The organizers of the pool actually want to make it bigger, and are working with another architecture firm to design a bigger one, and are working with cities or towns about finding the right location that reach agreeable environmental considerations.
What's It Like Swimming in The River Pool?
So fun. So relaxing. You're IN the river, just sitting there protected from the currents by the anchored netting. The pool is small, so you'll be near others as they dip in and out of the pool. The pool is also very shallow. An adult is up to their waist or thighs. The River Pool is fully staffed by lifeguards, and even has a changing room!
If thunder rolls and you need to leave the pool and wait 30 minutes for no thunder to be heard again, you could always shoot baskets at the basketball court also at the park, or play on the playgrounds. Or have a picnic on the grass (watch out for alllll of the geese poop).
An additional perk, Riverfront Park is very breezy, so you'll be cooled off down there no matter what.
Is Swimming in the Hudson River Safe?
The Hudson River was contaminated by companies who dumped pollutants into it for many years. There is an ongoing effort that has spanned over several decades to clean up the Hudson River. As of today, it has reached cleaner levels, but is closely monitored by The River Pool at Beacon. Says a representative from The River Pool this year: "The quality in Beacon Harbor is definitely of concern. Beacon Harbor had a long run of low numbers. We hope this is a temporary situation. That said, the pool is off the north shore of Pete and Toshi Seeger Riverfront park. The water is tested every week by the county health department. We would not open if the water was not considered safe for swimming."
Swim For The Pool - From Beacon To Newburgh!
Fundraising continues for the pool with regular donations that you can make at any time, and during the 15th Annual Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim where you can sponsor a swimmer - or be a swimmer that people sponsor! See the Beacon to Newburgh Swim page for details.
Make a donation here to keep this all going, but don't worry if you can't. It was designed for all to be able to access and experience the Hudson River. See you at the pool!
The Beacon Pool is back for its 2018 season! Those who are lifers of Beacon remember the days when the Beacon Pool had to close and was an empty cement hole for many hot summers. But no longer. Operated by the Beacon Recreation Department and staffed by lifeguards and pool staff you've come to recognize year after year, the Beacon Pool is open for business and still has season passes available, though you can buy affordable day passes as well. Over the years, we've gotten to know the pool and how it works, so here's what you'll need to know:
Season Pass Holders
While this feels like VIP pass (and you should feel like a VIP for having one because you're committed), it's really just a convenience to you scrounging for dollars in your pool bag or car. Season Pass Holders don't get priority swimming when there is a line at the gate when the pool reaches capacity of 75 people - which happens quickly. But having the Season Pass makes life easier when you're just swinging by the pool for a quick dip. Otherwise, you may find yourself justifying a 20-minute "quick dip" and ask yourself if it's worth it. Answer: It is. Just go.
2018 Day Use Pool Fees
Adult Day Pass: $4
Child/Senior Day Pass: $3
The Line and Wait Time
So there is this issue of the pool having a line to get in. And you can't bribe the pool bouncers. We've tried. Waiting isn't soooo bad. As long as you are prepared. Bring snacks, maybe a soccer ball or your own radio and a low volume. Don't walk away or expect a fancy paging system to buzz you when you're next in line. Stay close to the fence to hear your name being called.
Speaking of Food...
You can bring your own, but you can't eat it within the pool area. They don't want too many extra bees flying around.
Why Does It Open At 2pm?
We've heard this before. No the lifeguards aren't just rolling out of bed then. The pool staff has actually been there for some time, teaching swim classes and entertaining campers from around the area. The afternoon is when it opens to the public.
Monday to Friday - 2 to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 7 pm
The Beacon Pool keeps an "unofficial" Facebook Group, where they often post their hours of the day. Which don't generally change unless something unexpected happens, like a thunderstorm or cleaning of the pool. If you're not on Facebook, you're out of luck in terms of updates. Which is why we would encourage the pool to develop a basic website to post their updates! Email Katie James Inc. for help... (wink wink).
Who Can Go? Only Beacon Residents?
Speaking of the public, anyone can go. Anyone from any city, town, county or state. You do not need to be a Beacon resident to go.
Where Is The Beacon Pool?
It's really hard to see from the street. In fact, you can't. It's hidden behind trees and woods.
The Beacon Pool is located at the Park at The Settlement Camp, 724 Wolcott Ave., Beacon. It is across from the Craig House.
How Accessible Is the Pool?
The pool itself is 140 feet by 50 feet, and progresses in depth from 2 feet to 8 feet deep, making it perfect for swimmers and water lovers of all ages. You could step down and wade into the pool. There are steps available for those who need it upon request.
There are basic bathrooms that could serve as a changing room. But the floor is pretty wet from other swimmers, so change at home if you can.
Mostly, the pool is in the sun. This year they got new blue and white striped umbrellas! The very end of the day is a great time to go - like after 5:30pm. There will still be a wait time most likely, but shade starts creeping in on the sides.
Spotted! New store on the east end of Main Street near the mountain (and in the old old Matteawan train station!), The Square Foot! Inside you’ll find jewelry of design and store owner, Connie Verrusio who stocks other “interesting things.” Ask her what’s behind her shop’s name. Hurry, she’s only open on Saturdays and Sundays. This space used to be occupied by Hair Haven, and The Pfotoshop.
This shop and more in A Little Beacon Blog’s Shopping Guide! Read all about each shop before or after you visit them! Look up in the to navigation and hit the Things To Do In Beacon tab.
Spotted! A Pop-Up Shop, within a shop. Vintage collection from Psychedelic Sunset Vintage and antiques from Majestic Beast Antiques, all inside of the fabric, trimming and tools store Beetle & Fred, on the west end of Main Street going toward the train! A Little Beacon Blog loves spotting unique pop-up shopping experiences in Beacon. See our Things To Do In Beacon Guides for all the shops and eateries!