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State awards funding for improvements at parks

By Eric Reinhardt


State parks in the Central New York region, the Mohawk Valley, and the Southern Tier will benefit from state funding aimed at repairs and improvements in the parks, according to New York's governor.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Friday announced $90 million in funding from the NY Works program for nearly 90 construction projects at parks and historic sites statewide.

Additionally, state parks will undertake 60 architectural and engineering designs to advance shovel-ready capital-improvement projects in nearly 50 parks in future years.

The governor’s NYWorks agenda includes business-development efforts, assisting business owners, retaining and creating employment opportunities, and investing in higher education, according to the governor’s personal website.

In Central New York, the Lorenzo State Historic Site in Cazenovia will use $225,000 to install a new climate-control system in the historic mansion.

The design projects at Green Lakes State Park in Manlius include improvements to Pine Wood Campground and replacement of the park office and park-police facility.

Other design projects are set for Fair Haven Beach State Park in Sterling and Fort Ontario State Historic Site in Oswego, according to the governor’s office.

In the Mohawk Valley, the construction projects include $4.3 million for a new beach bathhouse and beach-parking area at Verona Beach State Park.

The state also lists design projects at Delta Lake State Park in the town of Western in Oneida County and at Hyde Hall State Park in Cooperstown.

In the Southern Tier, Taughannock Falls State Park in Ulysses in Tompkins County will use more than $4 million for three construction projects targeting an “outdated” electrical system, improvements to the falls overlook, and a road-resurfacing project.

The state also lists design projects to upgrade Jennings Pond Dam at Buttermilk Falls State Park in Ithaca and to improve the main park entrance and improve three dams at Watkins Glen State Park.

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