Croquet Games at Downing Park

September 18, 2016, 1-4 pm.

Turnout was smaller for the 2016 Croquet Tournament compared to last year (above), due to weather reports that couldn’t decide whether it would rain or not. As it happened, there was no rain, and the not-that-fierce competition was enjoyed by the dedicated athletes and fancy dress fans, who had at each other with gusto. The annual event is sponsored by the Historical Society.

Croquet players 2016

Pictured left to right: Jeff Mitchell, Melinda Dougall, David Burnett (kneeling) , Nate Lange, Roy Spells, Gayle Clark Fedigan, Warren Cahill (kneeling), Ginny McCurdy, Bob McCurdy, Betsy McCurdy, Candace Schuster and Russell Lange.

At left: Last year’s winners Jeff Mitchell and Melinda Dougall presenting the trophy to to this year’s winners Ginny and Bob McCurdy. Right: Gayle Clark Fedigan, voted best dressed!

At left: Last year’s winners Jeff Mitchell and Melinda Dougall presenting the trophy to to this year’s winners Ginny and Bob McCurdy. Right: Gayle Clark Fedigan, voted best dressed!

 

Previous Year’s Winners

Team 3: Melinda Dougall & Jeff Mitchell of Newburgh

Historical Society President Allynne Lange, with Matt Colon, presents tournament trophy to winners Melinda Dougal & Jeff Mitchell (left) after final match against finalists Robert and Virginia McCurdy (right).

 

Tournament Map

Downing Park was opened in 1897 and was named for Newburgh’s famous son, landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing. It is the largest public park within the City of Newburgh. Spanning 35 acres, this landscape park is enjoyed by many. Filled with hills and valleys, streams, a pond, and a rich variety of vegetation, the park has serpentine paths and picturesque vista — features very similar, though on a different scale, to those of New York City’s Central Park, created by the same designers.

Download the map below and navigate your way to the tournament!

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Directions

Use this address for the GPS: 123 Carpenter Ave., Newburgh, NY 12550

Parking: Parking is allowed on west sides of Shapiro Drive and Carpenter Avenue. Parking is also permitted on Third and South Streets. See locations on Tournament Map.

From the NY State Thruway, take exit 17 (Newburgh) and bear left at the off ramp, heading toward Interstate 84/New York 300. Follow the signs to get to the I-84 east. Continue on I-84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right onto 9W South, locally known as Robinson Ave. Continue through 4 traffic lights. Downing Park will be on the left. The tournament will take place in the area of Downing Park north of the pond, locally known as the “Polly.”

From points West, take Interstate 84 east to exit 10. At the light, make an immediate right onto 9W South, locally known as Robinson Ave. Continue through 4 traffic lights. Downing Park will be on the left.

From points East, take Interstate 84 West to Exit 10s (second exit past the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge). Stay to your right off the ramp and follow it until you come to the traffic light at Route 9W. Make a right on to 9W, locally known as Robinson Ave. Continue through 4 traffic lights. Downing Park will be on the left.