Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that New York’s state parks would be receiving some $72 million worth of upgrades. ?Western New York will be on the receiving end of some $14 million in projects (see list below). ?The Governor has promised to invest nearly $1 billion into the nation’s oldest park service.

The NY Parks 2020 plan is meant to invest $900 million in public and private funds into the facilities by 2020. ?”The NY Parks 2020 projects announced today will not only help fix and restore aging park infrastructure but also enhance our environment, connect people to healthy, active outdoor recreation and energize local economies,” Parks commissioner Rose Harvey said in a statement.

Western New York ? $14 million for 13 projects

Allegany State Park: Install Bear-Proof Food Lockers in Cain Hollow Campground

Allegany State Park: Repair and Resurface Park Roadways

Allegany State Park: Replace Quaker Lake Beach Bathhouse

Beaver Island State Park: Replace Golf Club Shop Destroyed by Fire

DeVeaux Woods State Park: Repair and Resurface Deteriorated Park Roads

Evangola State Park: Park Entrance Road Resurfacing

Fort Niagara State Park: Construct New Swimming Bathhouse

Knox Farm State Park: Repairs to Historic Structures, Including Mansion, Equestrian Barn and Greenhouse

Lake Erie State Park: Replace Vacant Administrative Building

Install 12 Camping Yurts ? Four Mile Creek, Golden Hill and Evangola State Parks: $300,000

Fishing Docks and Related Fishing Access Projects in Five Niagara Region Parks: Artpark, Fort Niagara, Four Mile Creek, Golden Hill and Wilson-Tuscarora

Niagara Falls State Park: Continuation of Niagara Falls State Park Revitalization Initiative

Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site: Ongoing Historic Fort Masonry Repair