CONY Responds to New York Park Closings

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April 27, 2009 by   - () Leave a Comment



(Editor's Note: Donald G. Bennett Jr., executive administrator for the Campground Owners of New York (CONY), wrote this Letter to the Editor which was published recently in the Watertown Daily News.)

This past week media outlets have been reporting that budgetary pressures have forced cutbacks and closures at New York state and DEC parks, affecting traditional summer activities including camping, swimming, golfing and historic sites. Seasons will start later and end earlier, and some operations will be closed on certain days of the week. With these closures and cutbacks, it would almost seem that people planning their vacations will have fewer options and opportunities to stay and play in New York state.

That is definitely not the case. What has not been reported is that hundreds of privately operated campgrounds and RV parks across New York state, with thousands of campsites as well as cabin and trailer rentals, are poised and ready to welcome vacationers this year.

Your readership may be surprised to learn that privately operated parks offer many of the same — if not better — activities and amenities as found in New York state parks, including swimming, hiking, hands-on activities, camp stores, shower/restroom facilities, even golfing. Most privately operated campgrounds and RV parks in New York are near popular attractions (including state parks and historic sites) and world-class events. And, camping is still one of the most affordable vacations that budget-minded citizens can indulge in, even at campgrounds and RV parks not subsidized by taxpayer monies.

To those feeling the time crunch imposed by the cutbacks at New York state and DEC parks, we propose they explore the variety of camping, RVing and recreational opportunities that can be found online at — and make their reservations today.

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