Downing Park

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A little boy’s ghost has been seen sitting by Downing Park’s lake, crying. Locals say he drowned here long ago. He also has been known to make bubbles in the water and scream when a child gets too close to the water’s edge.

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123 Carpenter Ave
Newburgh, NY 12550
United States

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41.506065, -74.01942199999996
Orange County, New York
Nearest Towns:
Newburgh, NY (0.5 mi.)
Balmville, NY (2.0 mi.)
New Windsor, NY (2.0 mi.)
Beacon, NY (2.6 mi.)
Gardnertown, NY (3.3 mi.)
Vails Gate, NY (4.1 mi.)
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY (4.2 mi.)
Orange Lake, NY (4.7 mi.)
Firthcliffe, NY (4.8 mi.)
Fishkill, NY (6.6 mi.)


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  1. I grew up in Newburgh back in late fifties. My family used to go to Downing Park for Easter photos, etc. It was even more beautiful back then. I never saw the ghost boy but I do remember the stories about the drowning boy. I also remember bubbles in the water but they used to have swans in the water back then, too.

  2. I was probably around 6 when this happened. My mom and me were in the park at the time. The little boy went in the water to get his toy truck. I remember clearly the fire department pulling him out and his mother running down the street yelling and crying. 30 years later the memory still haunts me.

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