July 13, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $3 Million Improvements at Fair Haven Beach and Fillmore Glen State Parks in Central New York

Governor Cuomo Announces Completion of $3 Million Improvements at Fair Haven Beach and Fillmore Glen State Parks in Central New York

Improvements to Top Tourism Destinations Complement Central NY Rising Economic Development Plan $2 Million Overhaul of East and West Bathhouses Marks First Major Improvement to Fair Haven Beach in 40 Years $1 Million Project Renews Historic Anchor of Fillmore Glen State Park

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of $3 million in improvements to revitalize key features of Fair Haven Beach and Fillmore Glen State Parks in Cayuga County. The park improvements, which include the first major renovation of the East and West Bathhouses in 40 years at Fair Haven Beach and the renewal of the historic 1930 pavilion at Fillmore Glen State Park, enhance accessibility and the overall visitor experience. The projects are supported by an investment from the Governor’s NY Parks 2020 initiative and complement “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development.

"Fair Haven Beach and Fillmore Glen State Parks offer visitors unparalleled natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor recreation, and are key drivers of Central New York’s tourism industry," Governor Cuomo said. "With the summer season in high gear, we are making great strides to preserve our state parks, increase tourism and attract more people to experience all that Central New York has to offer."

At Fair Haven Beach State Park, a $2 million renovation of the East and West Bathhouses is the first major improvement to the Fair Haven Beach lakefront in 40 years. The project includes a complete renovation of the 1970s facilities, including new tiling and fixtures – and added family bathrooms and solar water heating systems in each. The investment reflects New York State’s commitment to the park on Lake Ontario, which has been hard hit by flooding this summer.

At Fillmore Glen State Park, a $1 million project renewed the historic 1930 pavilion at the hub of the park’s swimming area, gorge trail, picnic ground and replica President Millard Fillmore boyhood cabin. Exterior improvements to the pavilion included replacing the roof, repairing windows, upgrading its siding while the interior restrooms, multipurpose room and lifeguard station were totally renovated. The pavilion improvements build on the recent renovation of the Fillmore cabin by volunteers from the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance.

State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “For generations Fair Haven Beach and Fillmore Glen have provided families with great summer memories, and these improvements will help ensure that tradition continues. We are fortunate to have one of the nation's great park systems and a Governor who has shown tremendous stewardship these precious resources."​

Senator James L. Seward said, "Our parks are among our state’s greatest natural resources and a strong source of tourist dollars. Preserving, repairing and developing these gems provides families with affordable vacation destinations and bolsters our local economy. I have advocated for state funding to make needed repairs at historic Filmore Glen for some time, and with these improvements, the park will endure and thrive for future generations to enjoy. I commend Commissioner Harvey for her attention to our state parks and her support of these key projects.”

Senator Pam Helming said, "Fair Haven Beach State Park is an important tourism destination for residents of the 54th Senate District and people around New York State, so it is critical that we maintain it as such so that we may continue to enjoy it for generations to come. It has also been hit hard by the flooding of Lake Ontario this year, so it is great to finally hear some good news about the Fair Haven area. I applaud Governor Cuomo and New York State Parks for their commitment to revitalizing our state parks and for providing the necessary funding for these improvements to Fair Haven Beach State Park.

Assemblyman Bob Oaks said, "The improvements to the Fair Haven Beach State Park bathhouses will make the park immensely more comfortable for families who spend the day or their entire vacation. As a visitor to the park myself for many of the past 60 years, I am excited with the investment in its facilities. It's been a tough year for Fair Haven with the Lake Ontario flooding. This is a positive step for the future of the park for the hundreds of thousands who visit Fair Haven each year."

Meg Vanek, Executive Director Cayuga County Tourism, said, “Fair Haven Beach State Park and Fillmore Glen State Park are important bookends in Cayuga County. They serve as key drivers of economic activity for the villages of Fair Haven and Moravia. Fair Haven is the largest attraction in Cayuga County, drawing over 260,000 visitors in 2016. Fillmore Glen honors the history of United States President Millard Fillmore and features 5 incredible waterfalls in one of the prettiest gorges in the Finger Lakes.”

The park improvements reflect Governor Cuomo's commitment to revitalizing the state park system and expanding access to outdoor recreation. The Governor's NY Parks 2020 program is a multi-year commitment to invest $900 million in State Parks. The Governor's 2017-18 Executive Budget allocates $120 million toward this initiatives.

Fair Haven Beach State Park, on the eastern portion of the Lake Ontario shoreline, features towering shoreline bluffs, 1500 feet of sandy beaches and campgrounds and cabin areas nestled adjoining hilly woodlands. Fishing and boating opportunities are plentiful in Lake Ontario and the adjoining Little Sodus Bay.

Fillmore Glen State Park is an oasis of cool, dense woods crowding into a long, narrow gorge. Its hiking trails offer spectacular views, unique geological formations, including five waterfalls, and a botanically rich glen. The park has 60 campsites, a stream-fed swimming pool and fishing in the Owasco Lake inlet.

Accelerating Central NY Rising

Today's announcement complements “Central NY Rising,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested nearly $3 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – capitalizing on global market opportunities, strengthening entrepreneurship and creating an inclusive economy. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Syracuse, Oswego and Auburn as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Central NY Rising with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 5,900 new jobs. More information is available here.​


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