Washington Lake/Masterson Park

 

Washington Lake, off Little Britain Road in New Windsor, forms part of the City of Newburgh's reservoir system under the jurisdiction of the City of Newburgh Water Department. Fishing and recreational programs are administered by the Recreation Department

Fishing is allowed from shore ONLY in Washington Lake from 8:00am to 4:00 pm. The lake contains trout, pickerel, and several varieties of pan fish. 

 

The Frank Masterson Memorial Recreation Area is on Lockwood Basin, the outlet of Washington Lake on Little Britain Road.

The recreation area was created for senior citizens, handicapped persons, and military veterans. It contains a handicapped accessible fishing area and pavilion, with seating areas along the shore. Fishing is allowed from the shore only.

To use the facility, register with the Recreation Department at the Multi-Purpose Activity Center, 401 Washington Street.

History

The park was dedicated in 1974 to honor a dream Frank Masterson had of a place where veterans, the disabled, and senior citizens could go to fish. After Masterson's death in 1973, James Slack, Jr., decided to do everything he could to fulfill his friend's dream.

Slack's commitment to this project made the dream a reality. He worked closely with Myron Embler and Wilbur Higgins of the Newburgh Recreation Department, as well as Joe Vesseley, at that time New Windsor's Highway Supervisor, and his wife, Shirley Vesseley. Members of the Newburgh City Council and oldtimers like Al Pushman, Jim Burke, Alex Zegroda, Johnny Januka, and many others shared in the joint effort.

"Everybody worked together," said Grace Schirmer, Slack's daughter. She related that "everything in the park was donated, including the materials needed, and the time to build the site."

The flagpole, built, donated & installed by Joseph Presutti, was dedicated November 6, 1994, by Post 386, Catholic War Veterans of America.

 

Wilbur Higgins, Recreation Dept Director, with "Lakekeeper" Alexander Drobner (seated) and his son, Alan Drobner.

Howard Brown and his helper, Rio Marchione, stocking trout in Washington Lake in 2005.