NEWBURGH – Friday’s rain stopped just long enough Friday afternoon for Newburgh city officials to cut the ribbons on splashdowns at two pocket parks.
Mayor Torrance Harvey and other officials were at both locations to watch as the kids enjoyed the additions to the new Tyrone Crabb and Xavier Lunan parks.
Crabb had served as a city council member, was elected as mayor, but passed away weeks before taking office.
Xavier Lunan Park is named for three-year old boy, who died as a result of domestic violence. He was killed by his mother’s boyfriend. Both have since been sent to prison.
Xavier’s brother attended Friday’s ceremony, shaking hands with Mayor Harvey as they both committed to continue fighting the violence in homes that tears families apart and often ends with death or severe injury along with devastating impacts on the future of each family member.
He said that prior to the murder, the little boy had been beaten every day of his life. Xavier’s brother was present during the murder, and said he hopes that this park, along with his work on the nonprofit www.Freebirdnation.com, and lead to happier home lives.
Mayor Harvey said the parks are one of the ways they are making a big effort toward positive things in the city, especially for the children.
The officials feel it is the least they can do while the new aquatic center at Delano Hitch Park is being demolished and rebuilt.
State Assemblyman Jacobson said that one of the best things about the new spashdowns is that they are right in local neighborhoods and just a few blocks to walk for many families.
The children were thrilled to be helping with the countdowns and have their picture taken while participating and then playing with the splash buttons that stream water in several different designs.