Mayor, Police & Fire Officials Issue Safety Reminder for Poestenkill Gorge

Mayor, Police & Fire Officials Issue Safety Reminder for Poestenkill Gorge

TROY, NY (July 7, 2022) – Mayor Madden, Fire Chief Eric McMahon and Police Chief Daniel DeWolf today issued a reminder for Troy residents and visitors regarding the dangers of trespassing in the Poestenkill Gorge. The reminder comes ahead of the summer season when trespassing incidents most frequently occur. Several drowning deaths occurred in the park in recent years involving individuals who entered restricted areas.

Mayor Madden said, “Trespassing into the Poestenkill Gorge creates the potential for serious injury or fatalities like the tragic drowning incident in 2020. When visiting city parks and recreational spaces this summer, I remind residents to stay in authorized areas and observe all posted signage & fencing. Your cooperation will help prevent accidents and eliminate unnecessary emergency response to this dangerous area.”

Fire Chief Eric McMahon said, “Tragic fatalities like prior drowning incidents in the gorge can be avoided with the public’s cooperation. Emergency response to these dangerous areas puts significant strain on our department’s staff and resources during an already-busy time for first responders. We urge Troy residents to avoid climbing or swimming in the Poestenkill Gorge this summer and encourage the public to instead explore other parks and outdoor spaces in the city.”

Chief of Police Daniel DeWolf said, “There have been multiple fatalities at the Poestenkill Gorge during the last several years. It serves as a reminder about the dangers of trespassing into places like the gorge. Troy Police will continue to monitor the location this summer but ask for the public to respect the rules of the park and refrain from climbing or swimming in this restricted area.”

Public access to the Poestenkill Gorge, including swimming or climbing, is prohibited. Additional fencing, trail markings, and signage were installed in 2020 to warn against trespassing and keep visitors safe. Trespassing will result in a $250 fine.

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