NY to Spend $90M to Upgrade Parks

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By Haley Viccaro
Albany Bureau

ALBANY, NY--  New York's state parks and historic sites will receive $90 million in funding for nearly 90 construction projects through the NY Works program, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Friday.

The funding is the second round of aid through the capital program to renovate and repair more than 50 parks and historic sites across the state. Cuomo said the $90 million investment would be provided annually over the next five years.

"These projects to rehabilitate park infrastructure and address health and safety issues will improve the experience for park visitors, create jobs and support New York's tourism industry," Cuomo said in a statement.

Last year, state parks received $89 million through the program to pursue more than 100 rehabilitation projects at 55 parks and historic sites. The projects are ongoing and include repairs to infrastructure, playgrounds and health and safety-related facilities, Cuomo said.

"A first-class parks system encourages healthy recreation, protects the state's natural resources, and attracts residents, tourists, and private investment to communities around our state," said Rose Harvey, commissioner for the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in a statement.

The Hudson Valley region is slated to receive about $13.2 million for improvement and design projects at 14 parks. The funding is the second highest amount in the state behind western New York.

The Finger Lakes region will receive $7.9 million toward projects at seven parks. Letchworth State Park will receive a total of $5.5 million for multiple construction projects.

A majority of the $5.8 million in funds for the Southern Tier will go toward construction at Taughannock Falls State Park including an upgraded electric system, renovated restrooms and resurfaced roads.

New York has 79 state parks and 37 historic sites.

"This infusion of capital funding is breathing new life into a park system that has suffered from decades of under funding," said Robin Dropkin, executive director of Parks and Trails New York, in a statement.

The second annual "I Love My Park Day" was held on May 4 at parks throughout the state. Local residents volunteered to clean up and work on improvement projects already underway. The campaign was held after Superstorm Sandy in October damaged parks in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.

Cuomo also hosted a Tourism Summit at the state Capitol on May 8 bringing industry and business leaders together to discuss ways to attract more visitors. He announced $60 million in funding to enhance tourism through regional collaboration and advertising.

Here is a list of NYS Parks' projects slated to be funded in WNY: 

  • Allegany State Park
    Construct new washhouse/shower building in McIntosh Trail Cabin Area $900,000
  • Allegany State Park
    Rehabilitate roof and insulate Red House Administration Building
    $1,400,000
  • Allegany State Park
    Continued rehabilitation of cabins and group camps
    $500,000
  • Allegany State Park
    Replace three washhouse/shower buildings in Cain Hollow Campground
    $1,700,000
  • Allegany State Park
    Resurface deteriorated campground roads
    $1,000,000
  • Allegany State Park
    Wolf Run culvert replacement
    $165,000
  • Allegany State Park
    Quaker Area sewage system infiltration study
    $120,000
  • Allegany State Park
    Red House dam engineering assessment
    $300,000
  • Lake Erie State Park
    Rehabilitate park infrastructure
    $1,000,000
  • Niagara Falls State Park
    Stabilize American Falls Bridge
    $750,000
  • Niagara Falls State Park
    Parking area Improvements, including new traffic flow, automated parking, and paving
    $2,500,000
  • Niagara Falls State Park
    Replace historic Administration Building's copper roof
    $675,000
  • Niagara Falls State Park
    Rehabilitate historic Administration Building: Climate control system, electrical improvements, LED lighting
    $2,000,000
  • DeVeaux Woods State Park
    Phase 1 of Kenan-Castellani rehabilitation - asbestos abatement and building envelope
    $850,000
  • Evangola State Park
    Rehabilitate 1960s beach breakwall
    $600,000
  • Evangola State Park
    Reconstruct and resurface campground roads
    $1,000,000
  • Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
    Rehabilitate failing curtain wall surrounding the historic fort
    $200,000
  • Artpark
    Upgrade electrical service to outdoor amphitheater, install LED lighting
    $300,000
  • Regional Total:
    $15,960,000


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