May 4, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $90 Million in NY Parks 2020 Improvement Projects

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State Parks to Immediately Launch Projects at Parks and Historic Sites Across New York

 

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $90 million in revitalization and rehabilitation projects at nearly 50 State parks and historic sites across New York this year. The funding, included in the 2018-19 State Budget, continues a major transformation of the park system that has invested more than $700 million into park and historic site improvements since 2011.

"Our world-class parks system attracts millions of New Yorkers and visitors each year, and this ongoing financial commitment will help ensure these jewels remain in good repair for years to come," Governor Cuomo said. "This investment will continue to make much needed improvements and repairs at cherished State Parks to promote healthy outdoor recreation, preserve our environment and boost local economies."

 

The projects are part of the Governor's NY Parks 2020 plan, a multi-year commitment to revitalize the state park system. The Governor committed $90 million to the effort in the 2018-19 State Budget. To date, the initiative has invested $700 million in 176 parks and historic sites - including installing 76 playgrounds, conserving 14,000 acres of buffer lands, rehabilitating 200 miles of trails, and beginning the building or improvement of 300 cabins and cottages and 30 nature and cultural centers. Fifty-five percent of the funding has been to repair and improve basic infrastructure—sewer, water systems, roads, bridges, culverts, bathrooms, electrical system and internet connectivity. The initiative is also prioritizing the transformation of 31 flagship parks and parks that served communities that lack access to outdoor recreation—these parks serve 80 percent of the system's visitation. In the same period, park visitation has increased 23 percent to 71 million visitors last year. A new progress report, "Building Better Parks," details how the investment is modernizing and transforming the park system. View the report here.

 

"Parks are the gems of communities across the State, and this funding will allow for improvements to enhance them for families and children to continue to enjoy," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "New York is home to some of the most beautiful parks and iconic historic sites in the world. I encourage New Yorkers to volunteer as part of 'I Love My Park Day' to help cleanup and prepare for the long awaited summer season."

 

The announcement comes as thousands of New Yorkers prepare to volunteer for the seventh annual I Love My Park Day, to be held on May 5, 2018 at state parks, historic sites and public lands across New York. The event, sponsored by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, is a statewide event to enhance parks, historic sites and public lands and raise awareness and visibility to the state's outdoor recreation assets and their needs. Volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in clean up events at 135 state parks, historic sites and public lands, including sites operated by the Department of Environmental Conservation, the National Park Service and municipal parks. For more information on the nearest I Love My Park Day activities close to home please visit click here

 

"Governor Cuomo is leading the way in modernizing the oldest state park system in the nation," State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said. "We have begun reversing years of decline at our historic flagship parks, while expanding recreational access for the communities that have been underserved for too long. Park visitors to Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen, Green Lakes, Roberto Clemente, Jones Beach, Olana, Harriman and many more will see we have touched every corner of the state."

 

In addition to $70 million in construction projects announced today, the budget provides $20 million for various system-wide improvements, such as investment in signage, technology, natural resource stewardship - and allocates funding for design of future projects, emergencies, engineering and construction oversight.

 

Chair of the Senate Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, Senator Rich Funke, said, "As Chair of the Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation Committee, I know that our state parks are a major attraction to residents and tourists. The tourism industry is vital to our state as it brings in $8 billion in revenue per year. I'm relieved to see Rochester and the Finger Lakes region included in the plan to improve popular, historic sites that have a long and rich history in our region and will continue to serve as prime tourist destinations."

 

Chair of the Assembly Parks and Tourism, Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell, said, "Improving our Parks system is paramount to providing safe and welcoming spaces that serve millions of New Yorkers a year. Additionally, our state parks boost local economies by encouraging recreational and nature tourism. New York State's Parks act as anchors for communities to engage with and learn about our environment, serving countless families and adventurers. The state legislature is taking the challenge of modernizing the oldest park system in the nation very seriously, and we are proud to have passed a budget containing $90 million dollars in funding for nearly 50 state parks this year."

Park projects will take place in the following regions:

 

Capital Region: $3.8 million for 5 parks

 

Capital Region

Projects

Amount

Grafton Lakes State Park

Replace Dunham Dam outlet valve

$50,000

John B. Thacher State Park

Improve mountain bike trails

$30,000

Olana State Historic Site

Continue master plan improvements

$1,000,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

Improve SPAC balcony ramps, railings and lighting

$1,750,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

Continue rehabilitation of historic campus buildings and grounds

$600,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

Improve electric distribution system

$250,000

Saratoga Spa State Park

Improve trailheads

$16,000

Susan B. Anthony Historic Site

Rehabilitate historic home

$150,000

Total

 

$3.8 million

 

Central New York: $3.5 million for 4 parks

 

Central New York

Projects

Amount

Fair Haven Beach State Park

Construct and renovate cabins

$1,500,000

Green Lakes State Park

Upgrade primary electric system

$400,000

Green Lakes State Park

Improve trails

$54,000

Lorenzo State Historic Site

Repair and weather seal mansion roof

$400,000

Selkirk Shores State Park

Rehabilitate park electrical system

$1,100,000

Total

 

$3.5 million

 

Finger Lakes: $2.9 million for 2 parks

 

Finger Lakes

Projects

Amount

Hamlin Beach State Park

Replace two campground shower buildings

$700,000

Letchworth State Park

Rehabilitate Lower Falls Pool Area

$950,000

Letchworth State Park

Rehabilitate Trout Pond and Dam

$500,000

Letchworth State Park

Relocate historic CCC St. Helena Shelter

$350,000

Letchworth State Park

Rehabilitate Glen Iris Inn - Phase 1

$275,000

Letchworth State Park

Gate Automation

$100,000

Total

 

$2.9 million

 

Mid-Hudson Valley: $12.9 million for 10 parks

 

Mid-Hudson Valley

Projects

Amount

Bear Mountain State Park

Enhance Appalachian Trail at Trailside Museum and Zoo

$120,000

Harriman State Park

Modernize wastewater treatment

$3,250,000

Harriman State Park

Continue renovation of Children's Group Camps

$400,000

Harriman State Park

Rehabilitate Lake Welch Dam - Low Level Outlet

$130,000

Minnewaska Park Preserve

Continue park transformation initiative

$4,000,000

Rockland Lake State Park

Upgrade Golf Course

$75,000

Rockland Lake State Park

Replace electric transformer

$100,000

Fahnestock State Park

Improve water and wastewater system

$250,000

Fahnestock State Park

Improve Taconic Outdoor Education Center interpretation

$2,500,000

Hudson Highlands State Park

Construct energy and environmental sustainability improvements

$400,000

Mills-Norrie State Park

Upgrade electrical distribution system

$1,000,000

Taconic Region

Regional septic system improvements

$250,000

Taconic State Park

Install new septic systems at Ironworkers Cabin Complex

$300,000

Walkway Over The Hudson State Historic Site

Continue annual deck repair and maintenance

$75,000

Total

 

$12.9 million

 

Long Island: $16 million for 12 parks

 

Long Island

Projects

Amount

Bethpage State Park

Improve golf course

$500,000

Caumsett State Historic Site

Transform park entrance

$1,500,000

Captree State Park

Design and construct nitrogen reduction system

$450,000

Captree State Park

Storm Water Wetlands

$550,000

Connetquot River Park Preserve

Upgrade sanitary system

$96,400

Connetquot River Park Preserve

Design and construct nitrogen reduction system

$325,000

Heckscher State Park

Connect park to municipal sewage treatment system

$330,000

Jones Beach State Park

Continue park transformation initiative

$10,000,000

Montauk Downs State Park

Upgrade sanitary system

$75,000

Orient Beach State Park

Upgrade sanitary system

$55,000

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Upgrade sanitary system

$90,000

Long Island Region

Upgrade regional sanitary systems

$1,000,000

Sag Harbor State Park

Upgrade sanitary system

$60,000

Sunken Meadow State Park

Improve Field 2 Parking Lot

$1,000,000

Total

 

$16 million

 

New York City: $17 million for 4 parks

 

New York City

Projects

Amount

Clay Pit Ponds Park Preserve

Improve trails and trail signage

$72,000

Brooklyn

Construct new state park on Jamaica Bay

$15,000,000

Riverbank State Park

Improve theater and signage

$135,000

Roberto Clemente State Park

Replace outdated electrical equipment

$1,800,000

Total

 

$17 million

 

North Country: $4.7 million for 3 parks

 

North Country

Projects

Amount

Higley Flow State Park

Construct seven replacement restrooms in campgrounds

$1,400,000

Long Point State Park

Replace deteriorated campground restroom

$250,000

Westcott Beach State Park

Construct ten rental cabins /cottages

$3,000,000

Total

 

$4.7 million

 

Southern Tier: $2.7 million for 3 parks

 

Southern Tier

Projects

Amount

Chenango Valley State Park

Improve trails

$35,000

Robert Treman State Park

Rehabilitate Gorge Trail

$75,000

Watkins Glen State Park

Water System Upgrades

$2,600,000

Total

 

$2.7 million

 

Western New York: $5.7 million for 4 parks

 

Western New York

Projects

Amount

Allegany State Park

Rehabilitate Red House Administration Building, including exterior windows and doors, masonry and drainage

$2,500,000

Allegany State Park

Install bear-proof food lockers in park campgrounds

$75,000

Allegany State Park

Resurface trail from Thunder Rocks to Little Ireland

$55,000

Allegany State Park

Resurface Lower Patterson/Bova Ski Trail

$55,000

Allegany State Park

Rehabilitate Horse Trail #11: Camp 10/12 Power Lines Trail

$15,000

Earl W. Brydges Artpark

Upgrade electrical distribution system

$300,000

Earl W. Brydges Artpark

Upgrade Brick Road lighting

$200,000

Evangola State Park

Design and construct new lift station

$225,000

Niagara Falls State Park

Continue park revitalization initiative

$1,025,000

Niagara Falls State Park

Reconstruct Goat Island Center Road

$1,200,000

Total

 

$5.7 million

 


The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 71 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $5 billion in park and visitor spending, which supports nearly 54,000 jobs and over $2.8 billion in additional state GDP.

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