Park Located in the Downtown Section of the Village of Waddington
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of more than $1.4 million in improvements at Island View Park, a recreation and picnic facility in the Village of Waddington, St. Lawrence County. The improvements include a new, spacious picnic pavilion with a central hearth, and a separate building containing new bathrooms, and catering facilities. Both buildings are handicapped accessible. Located along a particularly scenic portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway at New York's international border with Canada, Island View Park is a popular stop for boaters and serves as an inviting local attraction for visiting tourists.
"Investing in attractions like Island View Park helps to ensure that New York's top-notch tourism destinations remain vibrant and a driver for regional economies," Governor Cuomo said. "With these new renovations, the park will attract residents and tourists alike to the St. Lawrence Seaway, further strengthening the North Country's tourism sector for years to come."
Island View Park is part of several recreational facilities that fall within the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's project boundary for the New York Power Authority's St. Lawrence-FDR Hydropower Plant in Massena. Work on the Island View Park facilities, which began last fall, stemmed from the Power Authority's 10-year review of the 2003 Relicensing Agreement for the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. The New York Power Authority, who owns and operates the park, funded the renovations and directed the improvement project. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul joined state and local elected officials today in Waddington to officially open the renovated park.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said, "The New York Power Authority not only generates power for millions of New Yorkers, but they help grow our economy and support local communities. The new pavilion and park improvements at Island View Park are a great example of a public authority working with a local community to make use of public space for the greater good."
Judge Eugene L. Nicandri, NYPA Board of Trustee's Vice-Chair and Massena resident said, "I'm proud of the partnerships NYPA has formed throughout the North Country to boost tourism and enhance the lives of local residents. Island View Park is the latest shining example of these partnerships. "
"The work we do on behalf of recreational and tourism facilities in our host communities is particularly satisfying to me because it has such clear, positive impacts," said Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO. "We were also pleased to partner with a regional business to perform the work at Island Park, which helps to support the local economy."
Senator Patty Ritchie said, "Thank you to the New York Power Authority for making an already beautiful spot even nicer for both local residents and visiting tourists. Under the leadership of Governor Cuomo, New York State has invested millions of dollars in recreation improvements along the St. Lawrence Seaway which has had a positive effect on both the natural beauty of the area and the local economy of the region."
Assemblymember Addie Jenne said, "I'm glad to be here today to celebrate the Power Authority's latest investments in our community. Community resources like these have the double impact of supporting economic development while also making life in the North Country that much nicer for those of us who live, work and enjoy the recreational opportunities available in the community."
"We have been watching the development of these new facilities with great anticipation and I am very excited to officially have them open for the public to enjoy," said Waddington Mayor Janet-Otto Cassada. "Tourism and recreation are vital to the economy of Northern New York and I am grateful to Governor Cuomo and the New York Power Authority for being such committed partners in our tourism and economic development efforts."
Massena Town Supervisor Joe Gray said, "The Local Government Task Force has worked closely with NYPA to invest in our parks and recreational facilities to promote tourism and economic development along the St. Lawrence River. The new Island View Park improvements are another example of the premiere attractions we have to offer in the North Country."
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