Jones Beach on Long Island is slated to receive the largest sum of funds as part of $71 million for projects to improve the New York State parks system. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that 88 revitalization and rehabilitation projects will be completed at 60 state parks and historic sites across New York this year. New York has 215 state parks and historic sites.
By: Joseph Kellard April 21, 2015 0
Long Island will receive $18.5 million for 10 projects, with $10 million for a Jones Beach revitalization initiative that is the largest amount for any of the statewide projects. Bethpage State Park will receive $2.6 million for golf course improvements, and $1 million will fund sewage treatment-related projects at Belmont Lake State Park, campground improvements at Hither Hills State Park and construction of a park entrance toll plaza at Sunken Meadow State Park.
The projects are part of the governor’s NY Parks 2020 plan that aims to leverage a broad range of private and government funding of approximately $900 million for state parks from 2011 to 2020, including $110 million in the 2015-2016 state budget.
The state’s western region, including Fort Niagara State Park and Lake Erie State Park, will receive the next highest amount of funds at $14 million for 13 projects, followed by the Mid-Hudson region, including Bear Mountain State Park and Nyack Beach State Park, at $13.4 million for 18 projects.
Plans for this next cycle of projects include continuing multi-year plans to restore the historic and aesthetic grandeur of Jones Beach and Niagara Falls state parks; expanded camping options at Buttermilk Falls, Evangola, Four Mile Creek, Golden Hill and Moreau Lake State Parks; modernized bathhouses at swimming areas at Allegany, Fort Niagara and Hamlin Beach state parks; and improved athletic facilities at Gantry Plaza and Riverbank state parks.
Among the stated purposes of NY Parks 2020 is to promote healthy, active outdoor recreation, replace well-used but long-neglected infrastructure and preserve historic sites.
“New York is home to some of the top outdoor recreational and historic sites in the world and it is critical that we safeguard them for generations to come,” Cuomo said in a written statement announcing the project, in honor of Earth Week from April 19-25. “With this funding, we are building on our past success in improving the infrastructure of our state parks and developing them into economic engines for local communities.” Jones Beach to receive $18.5M for revitalization | Long Island Business News