Grants to Support Cultural Amenities, Recreation and Economic Growth Consistent with Environmental Protection in New York Parks
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $1.35 million in Smart Growth grants has been awarded to six communities and organizations in the Mid-Hudson Valley and 18 in the North Country. Funding has been awarded to municipalities and not-for-profit organizations that responded to a Request for Applications announced earlier this year. Grants for projects in the Catskill and Adirondack parks was made possible by the expansion of the Environmental Protection Fund.
"The Catskill and Adirondack parks are two of New York's premier year-round destinations, offering unmatched outdoor recreation and stunning natural beauty for residents and visitors alike to enjoy," Governor Cuomo said. "Through this latest round of Smart Growth grants, these communities will have the resources they need to build on six years of tourism and economic growth by completing new smart, sustainable projects to attract even more visitors for decades to come."
Smart Growth grants aim to help identify locally-led priorities for community development, leverage surrounding natural areas for public enjoyment, and collaborate on initiatives throughout the Catskill and Adirondack Parks. The following grants have been awarded:
- St. Lawrence County - $75,000: Demolition/Abatement of former Jones & Laughlin (J&L) Steel
- Town of Moriah - $75,000: Transforming the Hamlet of Port Henry Waterfront
- Town of Crown Point - $75,000: War Canoe Spirits Distillery Water Service Upgrades
- Warren County - $67,936: Promoting the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor Projects focusing on cultural amenities:
- Fort Ticonderoga Association - $25,000: Structural Improvement; Stone Deck Repair at Fort Ticonderoga
- BluSeed Studios, Inc. - $39,010.: A New View of BluSeed Studios: Building and Site Improvements Along a Village Travel Corridor in Saranac Lake
- Adirondack Folk School, Inc. - $18,700: Video Promotions to "Discover the Adirondack Folk School in Lake Luzerne, NY!"
- Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks - $67,620: Great Camp Sagamore Visitor Interpretation and Education Project
- Hamilton County - $60,000: Adirondack Cycling Strategy, Phase One, Growing the Bicycle Tourism Economy in The Great South Woods
- Lake George Land Conservancy - $40,000: Pilot Knob Trail Reconstruction
- Town of Caroga - $6,000: Wheelerville Trails System Conceptual Plan
- Town of Willsboro - $75,000: Development for Florence Hathaway Recreation Park
- Town of Johnsburg - $73,981: Ski Bowl Park Improvements - Little Gore Summit Trail and Beach Improvements
- Village of Saranac Lake - $75,000: Saranac Lake Southern Gateway Multi-Use Trail
- Town of Tupper Lake - $75,000: Tupper Lake Rail & Rail-Trail Readiness Planning and Improvements
- Town of Indian Lake - $73,500: Essex Chain Lakes and Cedar River Flow Hamlet Gateway Facilities
- Village of Northville - $42,000: Village of Northville Zoning Update
- Otter Lake Fire Company Inc. - $19,210: Otter Lake Fire Co. Feasibility Study for Senior Citizen Apartments in Forestport
- Mountain Top Arboretum - $60,000: Mountain Top Arboretum Education Center Building Project in Tannersville
- Shandaken Theatrical Society, Inc. - $50,210: Shandaken Theatrical Society, Theater Renovation in Phoenicia - Fostering Community Through Theater
- Town of Hunter - $75,000: Town of Hunter Trails Initiative
- Town of Ashland - $75,000: Ashland Town Park Octagonal Pavilion
- Town of Shandaken, with nine neighboring local governments - $74,734: Catskill Park Scenic Byways Implementation Project
- Town of Rockland - $35,000: Town of Rockland Townwide Comprehensive Plan
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "Under Governor Andrew Cuomo's leadership, these grants are helping communities in the Adirondack and Catskill parks develop and implement smart growth projects, actions, and strategies. DEC's Smart Growth Implementation Grants Program promotes growth that recognizes the link between economic development, the built environment, and protecting our irreplaceable natural resources and healthy communities."
Assemblyman Steve Englebright, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Conservation said, "The cross between environmental protection and recreation is so important. These Smart Growth grants will help communities fund projects that will connect people with nature in a sustainable and meaningful way. Locally-led initiatives such as these will continue to enrich the natural beauty of the communities in the Catskill and Adirondack Parks all while enhancing quality of life for residents and visitors alike."
This latest round of awards continues New York's commitment to support sustainable economic activity and community vitality in state parks by the Department of Environmental Conservation in partnership with the Department of State and the Adirondack Park Agency.
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