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Governor Cuomo Announces $71 Million in Parks 2020 Improvement Projects

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 88 revitalization and rehabilitation projects, totaling $71.7 million, will be completed at 60 State parks and historic sites across New York this year.

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Albany, NY - April 21, 2015 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 88 revitalization and rehabilitation projects, totaling $71.7 million, will be completed at 60 State parks and historic sites across New York this year. The announcement is in honor of Earth Week, April 19-25, a weeklong celebration of New York’s commitment and accomplishments to protecting our environment, conserving open space, increasing access to the state’s vast and magnificent natural resources, implementing clean energy initiatives and preparing for the effects of climate change.

“New York is home to some of the top outdoor recreational and historic sites in the world and it is critical that we safeguard them for generations to come,” Governor Cuomo said. “With this funding, we are building on our past success in improving the infrastructure of our state parks and developing them into economic engines for local communities.”

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “Governor Cuomo is leading the transformation of the State park system that will have modern facilities, offer rewarding recreational and educational experiences, and provide better access for all. The NY Parks 2020 projects announced today will not only help fix and restore aging park infrastructure but also enhance our environment, connect people to healthy, active outdoor recreation and energize local economies.”

The projects are part of the Governor’s NY Parks 2020 plan, a multi-year commitment to leverage a broad range of private and public funding to invest approximately $900 million in State Parks from 2011 to 2020. The Governor committed $110 million to the effort in the 2015-16 State Budget. In addition to the projects announced today, the 2015-16 budget will provide for various system-wide improvements, such as investments in energy efficiency, technology, natural resource stewardship, and trail projects; and allocates funding for emergencies, engineering and construction oversight, and design of future year projects.

This year’s funding will launch 88 major construction projects across the state, including expanding camping options at Buttermilk Falls, Evangola, Four Mile Creek, Golden Hill and Moreau Lake State Parks; modernizing the bathhouses that anchor the swimming areas at Allegany, Fort Niagara, and Hamlin Beach State Parks; improving athletic facilities at Gantry Plaza and Riverbank state parks; and continuing multi-year plans to restore the historic and aesthetic grandeur of Niagara Falls and Jones Beach State Parks.

The projects make up the next phase of the long-term NY Parks 2020 plan, which follows seven strategic priorities:

  • Making comprehensive investments in the State’s most popular flagship parks to ensure they remain relevant throughout the 21st Century;
  • Targeting investments to projects that promote healthy, active outdoor recreation;
  • Ensuring people from all walks of life have opportunities to connect with parks;
  • Replacing well used but worn out public use facilities and critical infrastructure that have been neglected too long;
  • Preserving historic sites and cultural assets;
  • Ensuring proper stewardship of some of the State’s most unique ecosystems, including making them more resilient to extreme weather; and
  • Leveraging the tourism impact of State Parks to energize local economies.

Executive Director of Parks & Trails NY Robin Dropkin said, “Our iconic park system is the oldest, and one of the most heavily visited, in the nation, contributing $2 billion annually to the state’s economy. Thanks to the strong commitment of Governor Cuomo, the sustained investment in the restoration and revitalization of New York’s 215 state parks and historic sites will enable these treasured places to more fully realize their potential as economic engines for local communities and as destinations for healthy outdoor recreation for all New Yorkers.”

Executive Director of the Open Space Institute’s Alliance for New York State Parks Program Erik Kulleseid said, “What better way to commemorate spring and Earth Week than to celebrate the next cycle of revitalization and rehabilitation projects that will make New York’s wonderful state parks even more inviting, educational and extraordinary. From flagship parks to regional gems, state parks are undergoing a transformation unlike anything this state has ever seen. New Yorkers are grateful to Governor Cuomo and the legislature for renewing their commitment to New York’s most spectacular natural treasures.”

Construction projects will take place in the following regions:

Capital Region – $3.6 million for 8 projects

Cherry Plain State Park

Replace Deteriorated Picnic Area Comfort Station

$600,000

Grafton Lakes State Park

Rehabilitate 1969 Sewage Treatment Plant

$750,000

Grafton Lakes State Park

Rehabilitate Two Picnic Area Comfort Stations

$300,000

Moreau Lake State Park

Construct Five New Rental Cabins in Campground Area

$700,000

Olana State Historic Site

Olana Site Improvements – Phase One

$500,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

Install ‘Green’ Parking Lot At Roosevelt Baths

$55,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

Install High Efficiency Heating Boilers

$400,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

Ongoing Rehabilitation of Historic Spa Campus Buildings and Grounds

$300,000


Central Region – $3.2 million for 4 projects

Green Lakes State Park

Construct New Park Entrance Including Utilities – Additional Funding

$200,000

Green Lakes State Park

Improve Park Hiking Trails

$100,000

Green Lakes State Park

Rehabilitate Golf Course Clubhouse and Pro Shop – Additional Funding

$2,150,000

Green Lakes State Park

Rehabilitate Pine Wood Campground

$750,000


Finger Lakes Region – $6.7 million for 9 projects

Ganondagan State Historic Site

Complete Seneca Art & Education Center- Exhibits and
Site Improvements

$1,250,000

Genesee Valley Greenway

Greenway Trail Improvements Including Access Points, Bridges and Stream Crossings

$500,000

Hamlin Beach State Park

Rehabilitate Historic Swimming Beach Bathhouse

$2,500,000

Letchworth State Park

Upgrade Internet and Phone Service to the New Nature Center, Park Office, and Other Park Facilities

$700,000

Letchworth State Park

Construct New Nature Center – Additional Funding

$1,000,000

Letchworth State Park

Install Automation at Castile Entrance

$250,000

Sonnenberg Gardens State Historic Site

Restore Aviary Building to Create Public Event Space

$225,000

Multiple

Install Accessible Paths to Playgrounds

$125,000

Multiple

Repair and Replacement of Failing Roofs

$125,000


Long Island Region – $18.5 million for 10 projects

Belmont Lake State Park

Connect Park to Suffolk County Sewage Treatment System

$1,000,000

Bethpage State Park

Golf Course Improvements

$500,000

Bethpage State Park

Improve Energy Efficiency of the Clubhouse's HVAC System

$2,600,000

Caumsett State Park

Septic System Improvements

$210,000

Hither Hills State Park

Campground Improvements Including New Restroom Facility

$1,000,000

Jones Beach State Park

Comprehensive Jones Beach Revitalization Initiative

$10,000,000

Robert Moses State Park

Solar PV System Installation

$1,440,000

Sunken Meadow State Park

Construct New Park Entrance Toll Plaza

$1,000,000

Sunken Meadow State Park

Install New Septic Systems

$390,000

Wildwood State Park

Install New Septic Systems

$340,000


Mid-Hudson Region – $13.4 million for 18 projects

Bear Mountain State Park

Repair and Upgrade Parking Area At Bear Mountain Inn

$750,000

Bear Mountain State Park

Replace Roof On Merry-Go-Round Building

$150,000

Bear Mountain State Park

Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrades and Repairs

$1,100,000

Harriman State Park

Continue Renovation of Children's Group Camp

$500,000

Harriman State Park

Tiorati Brook Bridge Replacement

$925,000

James Baird State Park

Park Drinking Water System Improvements

$350,000

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

Paint Exterior of Historic Main House

$150,000

Mills-Norrie State Park

Norrie Point Environmental Center- Roof and Building Improvements

$2,040,000

Mills-Norrie State Park

Park Electrical System Improvements

$1,000,000

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Park Improvements Including a New Park Office, Public
Restrooms and Enhanced Parking

$2,000,000

Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Redevelop Park Entrance to Improve Traffic Flow

$350,000

Multiple

Rehabilitation of Six Bridges in Harriman and Bear Mountain
State Parks

$900,000

Nyack Beach State Park

Improve Entrance Roadway and Retaining Wall

$500,000

Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Install Energy Efficient Boilers and Remove Fuel Tanks

$335,000

Walkway Over The Hudson State Park

Deck Repair and Maintenance

$75,000

Walkway Over The Hudson State Park

Improvements To Newly Acquired Parkland At The East Park Entrance

$250,000

Walkway Over The Hudson State Park

Walkway Railing Maintenance

$1,800,000

Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site

Restore the Historic Tower of Victory

$250,000


Mohawk Valley – $500,000 for 3 projects

Delta Lake State Park

Upgrade the Campground's Water and Electric System

$160,000

Glimmerglass State Park

Replace Leaking Bathhouse Roof

$150,000

Johnson Hall State Historic Site

Convert Vacant Historic Blockhouse Into Interpretive Space

$200,000


New York City – $6.3 million for 11 projects

Bayswater Point State Park

Stabilization of Historic Sunset Lodge

$80,000

East River State Park

Construct Contact Station and Storage Building

$350,000

Gantry Plaza State Park

Rehabilitate Playground and Recreational Courts

$475,000

Riverbank State Park

Cultural Building Infrastructure Improvements

$140,000

Riverbank State Park

Complete Repairs to the Ice Rink Surface

$180,000

Riverbank State Park

Improve Gateway Area From Riverside Park to North Stair Tower

$300,000

Riverbank State Park

Install Sensory Play Field

$950,000

Riverbank State Park

Park Access Improvements

$795,000

Riverbank State Park

Park Infrastructure Repairs

$520,000

Roberto Clemente State Park

Baseball Field Improvements

$270,000

Roberto Clemente State Park

Upper Plaza Reconstruction

$2,200,000


North Country – $3.6 million for 6 projects

Cumberland Bay State Park

Construct Two Campground Shower/Restroom Buildings

$2,200,000

Keewaydin State Park

Regional Office Energy Efficiency Projects

$250,000

Kring Point State Park

Improve Electric Service in Point Camping Area

$80,000

Macomb Reservation State Park

Dam Repairs

$250,000

Wellesley Island State Park

Minna Anthony Commons Nature Center- Infrastructure Improvements

$350,000

Wellesley Island State Park

Pave Main Entrance Roadway

$500,000


Southern Tier – $1.9 million for 6 projects

Allan Treman State Park

Complete 1.4-Mile Cayuga Inlet Recreational Trail

$150,000

Black Diamond Trail

Complete Phase One of Recreational Trail: 8.4 Miles from Taughannock State Park to Ithaca

$500,000

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Gorge Trail and Stairs Improvements, Including Stabilization
of Civilian Conservation Corps-Era Stonework

$200,000

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Install 15 Rustic Cabins in Campground

$120,000

Robert Riddell State Park

Improvements to Enhance Public Access to Undeveloped Park

$75,000

Stony Brook State Park

Replace Drinking Water System

$880,000


Western New York – $14 million for 13 projects

Allegany State Park

Install Bear-Proof Food Lockers in Cain Hollow Campground

$75,000

Allegany State Park

Repair and Resurface Park Roadways

$1,685,000

Allegany State Park

Replace Quaker Lake Beach Bathhouse

$1,175,000

Beaver Island State Park

Replace Golf Club Shop Destroyed by Fire

$2,000,000

DeVeaux Woods State Park

Repair and Resurface Deteriorated Park Roads

$400,000

Evangola State Park

Park Entrance Road Resurfacing

$250,000

Fort Niagara State Park

Construct New Swimming Bathhouse

$2,500,000

Knox Farm State Park

Repairs to Historic Structures, Including Mansion, Equestrian Barn and Greenhouse

$250,000

Lake Erie State Park

Replace Vacant Administrative Building

$225,000

Multiple

Install 12 Camping Yurts - Four Mile Creek, Golden Hill and Evangola State Parks

$300,000

Multiple Fishing Access Improvements

Fishing Docks and Related Fishing Access Projects in Five Niagara Region Parks: Artpark, Fort Niagara, Four Mile Creek, Golden Hill and Wilson-Tuscarora

$600,000

Niagara Falls State Park

Continuation of Niagara Falls State Park Revitalization Initiative

$4,375,000

Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site

Ongoing Historic Fort Masonry Repair

$200,000

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 62 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.