Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will build and renovate the playground area at Robert Treman State Park in the Southern Tier. The park improvements are funded with $125,000 from the Governor's New York Works initiative.
"It is important that children have a safe and engaging place to play, and these NY Works projects will give them just that in state parks across New York," said Governor Cuomo. "The numbers tell the story of more and more people visiting the parks, and I encourage everyone to visit these new and improved areas inside the state parks as well as the beauty that New York has to offer."
Under the initiative, state parks will install new playground equipment at Robert Treman State Park in the Southern Tier. The playgrounds will be accessible to people with disabilities and have distinct areas for younger and older age groups. The playground will have its own unique themes reflecting characteristics of the park. Playground improvements will be coupled with site improvements, including shade trees or canopies, seating, water fountains and trail/walkway connections to the rest of the park.
Robert Treman State Park, Ithaca - expand an inadequate play area near the campground with a nature-themed playground, including butterfly and hollow log-shaped climbing features.
"Our region is fortunate to enjoy a premiere network of historic sites, parks and trails, including the Robert H. Treman State Park in Tompkins County. It's one of our great attractions and its enhancement through the New York Works initiative will make it even more attractive and family-friendly to campers and other visitors. These New York Works investments will go a long way toward securing the future quality and strength of the Finger Lakes region's recreational and tourism foundations," said Senator Tom O'Mara.
"I am very pleased that the Legislature and the Governor are working together to invest in New York's state park infrastructure. Installing new playground structures in Treman State Park will enhance our magnificent park resources for countless families and children, instilling a love for New York's scenic beauty and outdoor recreation in the next generation," said Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton.
Construction of the playground is expected to take place in the off-season, with playgrounds ready for use by next spring.
State Parks plans to fix, modernize, or create over 50 playgrounds, particularly in those parks with high visitation by families. The New York Works initiative is creating 20 new or improved playgrounds to further connect families to parks in the next year.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 178 state parks and 35 historic sites. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com.