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
$75,000

Allegany State Park: Repair and Resurface Park Roadways
$1,685,000

Allegany State Park: Replace Quaker Lake Beach Bathhouse
$1,175,000

Beaver Island State Park: Replace Golf Club Shop Destroyed by Fire
$2,000,000

DeVeaux Woods State Park: Repair and Resurface Deteriorated Park Roads
$400,000

Evangola State Park: Park Entrance Road Resurfacing
$250,000

Fort Niagara State Park: Construct New Swimming Bathhouse
$2,500,000

Knox Farm State Park: Repairs to Historic Structures, Including Mansion, Equestrian Barn and Greenhouse
$250,000

Lake Erie State Park: Replace Vacant Administrative Building
$225,000

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
$600,000

Niagara Falls State Park: Continuation of Niagara Falls State Park Revitalization Initiative
$4,375,000

Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site: Ongoing Historic Fort Masonry Repair
$200,000