April 22, 2019
Albany, NY

On Earth Day, Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Announce 2020 Enacted Budget Includes $110 Million to Revitalize New York State Parks

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State Parks to Launch Construction Projects and System-Wide Improvements at 47 Parks and Historic Sites Across New York  

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie today announced the FY 2020 Enacted Budget includes $110 million in capital funding to continue the NY Parks 2020 initiative to revitalize the State's flagship parks and support critical infrastructure projects. As part of this initiative, the State will invest $20 million to develop New York City's largest State park, Shirley Chisholm State Park in Brooklyn.

 

"State parks are central to New York's thriving tourism economy and millions of New Yorkers turn to these world-class natural treasures each year for fun, exercise and community engagement," Governor Cuomo said. "This significant investment will help enhance and modernize our cherished State Parks while promoting healthy outdoor recreation, preserving our environment and lifting up local economies."

 

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "New York parks are jewels around our state that improve the quality of life for residents and offer great services and experiences. The Senate Majority was proud to ensure additional funds for our state parks in the final budget. Additionally, the park honoring the accomplishments of Shirley Chisholm is a great way to recognize this trailblazing and glass-ceiling shattering New Yorker."

 

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "One of my favorite parts of my annual statewide tour is having the opportunity to visit New York's state parks - from the historic sites to the natural wonders. The funding included in this year's budget will create Shirley Chisholm State Park, bringing much needed green spaces, community gardens and rec centers to Brooklyn, and will invest in maintenance and improvement projects in state parks in every corner of New York. The Assembly Majority will continue working to protect our state's natural and historic treasures so they can be enjoyed by generations to come." 

 

"Our State Parks and their uniquely beautiful natural gems are an important part of who we are as New Yorkers," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This year's budget continues our record investments to upgrade parks in every region of the state, providing a boost to local communities, investing in tourism, and improving quality of life."

 

Revitalization and rehabilitation projects will take place at 47 State parks and historic sites across New York this year. This includes funding for a new 407-acre park named in honor of Shirley Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born trailblazer who was the first African American Congresswoman, as well as the first woman and African American to run for President. The $20 million investment in Shirley Chisholm State Park will provide for hiking and biking trails, waterfront access for kayaking, a pier with a shade structure, picnic areas, concessions, comfort facilities, welcome and wayfinding signage and a park office.

 

This funding continues a major transformation of the park system that has received nearly $1 billion in park and historic site improvements under the leadership of Governor Cuomo since 2011.

 

State Parks Acting Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "Governor Cuomo is leading the way in inspiring visitors to embrace the oldest State park system in the nation. We look forward to building on the tremendous progress made to revitalize our State parks to make sure that all New Yorkers and guests feel welcome and at home in their parks. New York State Parks should set the standard for the rest on the nation, and these improvements will continue to shape a modern, sustainable and welcoming 21st century park system."

 

Senator José M. Serrano, Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, said, "As attendance to State Parks rises each year, significant investment is vital to ensuring the continued success of these proven economic engines. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation, I'm thrilled that the budget agreement includes an additional $110 million for State Parks, ensuring that New York's greatest natural treasures continue to be improved, beautified, and maintained for future generations to enjoy. Many thanks to Governor Cuomo and Acting Commissioner Kulleseid for their commitment to our parks and green spaces."  

 

Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell, Chair of the Committee on Parks and Tourism said, "Our state parks serve hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly, and New York State's investment of $110 million to revitalize them makes sure that we can keep doing so. I appreciate all the hard work NYS Parks does as an agency to enhance the experience of New Yorkers and visitors alike in connecting to the beautiful nature New York State has to offer."

 

In addition to $83.9 million in construction projects announced today, the budget provides $26 million for various system-wide improvements, such as investments in energy efficiency, technology, natural resource stewardship - and allocates funding for design of future projects, emergencies, engineering and construction oversight. 

 

Park projects will take place in the following regions:

 

Capital Region: $9.2 million for 7 parks

Johnson Hall State Historic Site

Historic Roof Rehabilitation

$250,000

John B Thacher State Park

Decommission Sewage Treatment Plant

$650,000

John B Thacher State Park

Primary Electric Rehabilitation II

$700,000

Regionwide

Regionwide Paving Improvements

$1,000,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

Roosevelt II Bathhouse Rehab

$1,700,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

2019 Spa Campus Buildings & Grounds Rehab

$500,000

Lake Taghkanic State Park

East Water Tower Replacement

$225,000

Lake Taghkanic State Park

Westside Septic Pump Station & System Improvements

$350,000

Olana State State Historic Site

Farm Complex Parking Relocation & Kitchen Garden

$1,000,000

Olana State State Historic Site

Water Storage Tank Replacement

$850,000

Taconic State Park

North Campground Showerhouse, Comfort Station C & Septic

$1,600,000

Taconic State Park

Water Treatment & Distribution for Iron Works, Maintenance & Residence.

$360,000

 

 

$9,185,000

 

Central New York: $900,000 for 1 park

Green Lakes State Park

Repair Park Roadways

$800,000

Green Lakes State Park

Replace Comfort/Shower Buildings Design

$100,000

 

 

$900,000

 

Finger Lakes: $3 million for 4 parks

Ganondagan State Historic Site

Construct New Bridge at Great Brook

$450,000

Ganondagan State Historic Site

Replace Long House Roof

$20,000

Hamlin Beach State Park

Continue Construction of Cottages in Area 5

$1,250,000

Letchworth State Park

Continue Rehabilitation of Cabin Area A & B

$375,000

Regionwide

Resurface and Repair Roadways

$1,000,000

 

 

$3,095,000

 

Hudson Valley: $10 million for 7 parks

Bear Mountain State Park

Rehabilitate Regional Administration Building

$1,030,000

Bear Mountain State Park

Improve Hessian Lake Picnic Area Landscaping

$500,000

Harriman State Park

Repair Lake Statahe, Upper Cohasset & Lower Cohasset Dams

$870,000

Harriman State Park

Rehabilitate Top of Pines Camps T6, 8 & 10 for Camp Junior

$2,000,000

Harriman State Park

Group Camp Septic System Improvements

$350,000

Rockland Lake State Park

Improve Golf Course

$75,000

Rockland Lake State Park

Rehabilitate Park Roads and Paths

$500,000

Rockland Lake State Park

Replace Water Lines

$3,300,000

Palisades Region

Improve Trail Signage

$75,000

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

Replace Roofs on Four Outbuildings

$250,000

Mills-Norrie State Park

Improve Dinsmore Clubhouse & Norrie Point Septic System

$660,000

Staatsburgh State Historic Site

Improve Wastewater System

$350,000

 

 

$9,960,000

 

Long Island: $21.3 million for 7 parks

Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Historic Site

Improve Visitor Center and Parking Lot

$1,000,000

Bethpage State Park

Golf Course Improvements

$500,000

Caumsett State Historic Site

Improve Park Entrance/Parking Lot

$750,000

Hempstead Lake State Park

Rehabilitate Field 1 Comfort Station

$1,000,000

Nissequoge River State Park

Continue Park Improvements

$800,000

Long Island Region

Upgrade Septic Systems

$2,000,000

Jones Beach State Park

Comprehensive Jones Beach Revitalization Initiative

$15,250,000

 

 

$21,300,000

 

Mohawk Valley: $1.8 million for 2 parks

 

Gilbert Lake State Park

Upgrade Sewage Treatment Facility

$1,600,000

Robert V. Riddell

Continue Park Improvements

$200,000

 

 

$1,800,000

 

New York City: $20.5 million for 3 parks

Riverbank State Park

Park Improvements

$300,000

Riverbank State Park

Repair Swimming Pool

$125,000

Roberto Clemente State Park

Replace Façade Phase 1

$100,000

Shirley Chisholm State Park

Develop New Park Facilities

$20,000,000

 

 

$20,525,000

 

North Country: $2.7 million for 5 parks

Eel Weir State Park

Build New Comfort Station and Dumping Station

$250,000

Keewaydin State Park

Construct New Park Police Zone 2 Building

$150,000

Sackets Harbor State Historic Site

Develop Public Use Facilities for Horse Island

$750,000

Southwick Beach State Park

Add New Campsites off the Electrical Loop

$1,125,000

Wellesley Island State Park

Construct Two New Campground Comfort Stations

$500,000

 

 

$2,775,000

 

Southern Tier: $6.5 million for 4 parks

Chenango Valley State Park

Build New Dump Station

$300,000

Buttermilk Falls State Park

Safety Improvements to Jennings Pond Dam

$2,250,000

Mark Twain State Park

Develop and Install New Golf Course Irrigation System

$2,000,000

Stony Brook State Park

New Park Police Zone Office and New Park Office

$2,000,000

 

 

$6,550,000

 

Western New York: $7.9 million for 7 parks

Allegany State Park

Upgrade Red House High Voltage Electric System

$875,000

Lake Erie State Park

Upgrade Park Utilities

$75,000

Midway State Park

Continue Park Improvement Projects

$350,000

Allegany State Park

Improve Quaker Facility Building

$1,500,000

Allegany State Park

Renovate Quaker Multi-Use Trail

$200,000

Buffalo Harbor State Park

Construct Permanent Restroom and Office

$800,000

Devil's Hole State Park

Enhance Devil's Hole Gateway

$900,000

Golden Hill State Park

Stabilize Golden Hill Shoreline

$1,200,000

Robert Moses Parkway

Robert Moses Parkway - North Project

$2,000,000

 

 

$7,900,000

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