October 18, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces NY Works Funds New and Improved State Park Playgrounds in Central New York

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will build and renovate playground areas at two state Parks across Central New York. The park improvements are funded with $240,000 from the Governors 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 build or create new playgrounds at two parks and install new playground equipment at two parks in Central New York. The playgrounds will be accessible to people with disabilities and have distinct areas for younger and older age groups. Each 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.

 

The state parks include:

 

Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville create a nature-themed play area near the park Nature Center featuring tree, rock and log-like climbing features and scavenger hunt signage that incorporates local flora and fauna.

 

Fair Haven Beach State Park, Fair Haven create a new playground with multiple climbing features to serve the parks busy campground.

 

"This is great news for Fair Haven Beach State Park," said Assemblyman Robert Oaks. "Many people, local residents as well as those visiting the area, use the park and the playground. This will enhance Fair Haven as a destination for families. Additionally, the playground will be accessible to those with disabilities, expanding the number of people able to fully enjoy a visit to Fair Haven Beach State Park.

 

"This is great news for Fair Haven Beach State Park," said Assemblyman Robert Oaks. "Many people, local residents as well as those visiting the area, use the park and the playground. This will enhance Fair Haven as a destination for families. Additionally, the playground will be accessible to those with disabilities, expanding the number of people able to fully enjoy a visit to Fair Haven Beach State Park."

 

Central NY families have been enjoying the great state parks in our region for decades, and with the improvements coming to the Nature Center at Clark Reservation State Park, their experiences can only get better, said Assemblymember Sam Roberts. Whether its the family taking a day trip, or a classroom excursion, parks provide a valuable resource for everyone and I am very happy that the state is making a real investment in sustaining them for today and future generations.

 

Construction of the playgrounds 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.

 

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