New Picnic Facility and Trails Conveniently Located Near Peerless Pool, Playground
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that Saratoga Spa State Park has completed several projects that will increase overall access and recreation. The improvements, which are funded through NY Works and total $839,000, include a new picnic shelter with a 75-person capacity, a comfort station complex near the Peerless Pool, and a new one-mile bike and pedestrian trail within the park along Route 9/South Broadway.
"Saratoga Spa State Park is one of New York's most scenic outdoor locations, and these projects are reinforcing that reputation by making the park even more enjoyable for visitors of all ages," Governor Cuomo said. "By building on popular features and investing in projects that will meet the needs of visitors today and in the future, we’re creating a more welcoming park system for all New Yorkers."
The new Polaris picnic shelter, named after one of the park’s celebrated mineral springs, is the ninth rentable picnic shelter at the park. It is conveniently located near the Peerless pool and playground, and the site also features a new comfort station, large brick fire-pit, and is accessible for people with mobility challenges.
Completion of the trail along Route 9/South Broadway adds another mile of paved bike-pedestrian trail to the park’s expansive network. The trail links East-West Road to Marin Avenue, extending the existing trail along Route 9 from the Avenue of the Pines to Marin Avenue, and creating a new trail loop within the park. As part of the trail expansion project, construction is also underway on the new Peerless Loop trail, which will establish a nearly one-mile paved off-road trail around the Peerless Pool complex. The Peerless Loop trail is expected to be completed in the spring.
State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “These new facilities for park visitors reflect the improvements that Governor Cuomo is making possible at state parks across New York. Our popular Saratoga Spa picnic pavilions book up early, so we are pleased to offer a new option for family reunions, company outings, birthday parties and other gatherings in the park. And the new trail segment will enhance the park’s friendliness for walking, running and biking.”
Shelters are available for public rental from May through mid-October. Applications to be placed in a lottery to reserve the picnic shelters will be accepted from January 2, 2015 to February 6, 2015. The daily rental fee is $200. Vehicle entry to the park is not included. After the lottery deadline, applications will be honored on a first-come first-serve basis. Please call the Park office for more information at 518-584-2535.
The park improvements were identified in a recent master plan for Saratoga Spa State Park.
The park improvements reflect a statewide revitalization of the park system. Under the NY Works program, Governor Cuomo dedicated $90 million in the 2014-2015 State Budget to State Parks capital improvement projections. This commitment follows the last two years of the New York Works initiative, which allocated $179 million in new capital funds. Together with additional leveraged funds, NY Works has supported a total of $421 million to advance 279 capital improvement projects at 109 parks since 2012.
Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne Yepsen said, “I am thrilled that these improvement projects have been made at Saratoga Spa State Park, and I applaud Governor Cuomo and Commissioner Harvey for their leadership in making funding available for our state parks. These welcomed investments will enhance our region’s recreation opportunities and make our beloved state park even more attractive and vibrant for many more years.”
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