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Posted on: July 29, 2021

Wards Brothers Park to Lock Gates Overnight

Ward Brothers Gate Locked

Given the rise in illegal late-night activity at Wards Brothers Park in recent weeks, the City of Newburgh Police will be locking the Park gates overnight.

Wards Brothers Park will close and lock its gates at sundown beginning July 29, 2021, in an attempt to deter illegal late-night activity at the Park. The Park will re-open at sunrise each day.  First-light rowers, kayakers, and walkers should use the Washington Street Boat launch and Washington Street Waterfront Trail gate, or may park on the west side of River Street north of the gate.  No overnight parking will be allowed on River Street.

As a reminder, the use of dirt bikes, as well as the possession or use of alcohol and/or grills in the Park is prohibited. Gatherings of 10 or more people without a City Permit is prohibited. The City of Newburgh’s Ward Brothers Memorial Rowing Park, home of the Newburgh Rowing Club, is open from Sunrise to Sunset for the launch of non-motorized boats.

Please refer to the following City of Newburgh City Codes for further clarification on the Rules of Parks in the City of Newburgh and large gatherings.   These City Codes, and others, can be found at

City Code Chapter 110 – Mass Gatherings and Public Events

City Code Chapter 105 – Alcoholic Beverages

City Code Chapter 212 – Noise

City Code Chapter 220 – Parks and Recreation Areas

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