Loving Lakeside

As the community readies for summer, the past month has seen several fun events at Lakeside Park. Earlier in May, the inaugural “Rock n’ Run Against Lyme Disease” 5K was held in the park, and the waterfront would officially open for the season on May 24 with the first ever “Pawling Plunge.”

On Sunday, May 5, the community would gather at Lakeside for the “Rock n’ Run Against Lyme Disease.” The event, a collaboration between the Pawling Recreation Department and the Pawling Interact Club, featured runners and walkers traversing a 3.1-mile course with live musical performances throughout. The rainy weather did little to dampen the spirits of the 91 participants who made their way through the soggy course to the musical stylings of Wading Nine and Blue Alien Mystic. “In the end, the event raised over $2,500 for the Global Lyme Alliance,” explained Robyn Wooley of the Pawling Recreation Department.

The 5K contest was won by new Pawling resident Alex Sanborn with a time of 20:31. Sanborn eked out a victory, overcoming Town Councilman Reid McGrath, who finished with a time of 20:32. “Reid and I were neck and neck coming to the end, and I really had to kick it up at the last minute,” said Sanborn. Rounding out the top five were Jack Slattery, Ryan McCarthy, and Jennifer Musci.

Later in the month, the Pawling Recreation Department kicked off the summer season at Lakeside Park’s waterfront with the first ever “Pawling Plunge.” More than twenty season pass holders gathered on the evening of Friday, May 24, to be the first into the water, as well as get a sneak peak at the new equipment for this summer, including a Corcl, WgWag, paddleboards, and kayaks.

Among the twenty intrepid swimmers was Town Supervisor James Schmitt, who came out to express his excitement for the upcoming season at Lakeside Park. “The breeze made it a little colder than I thought it would be, but it was fun. I’m glad I did it,” said Schmitt. “We’re going to see big results here this year. It’s great, seeing everyone coming out like this. It’s just going to keep building and building.”

Recreation Director Jessica Dickinson was pleased with the event’s turnout, and feels that the attendance at the “Pawling Plunge” is a sign of good things to come this season. “It was a great turnout, despite the cloudy weather,” she said. “This is the first time we’ve done the ‘Pawling Plunge.’ Hopefully we’ll be able to start some new traditions, and it’s just a fun way to start off summer strong.”

For more information about upcoming events at Lakeside Park and the Pawling Recreation Department, visit PawlingRec.com online.