New York Spending $143M for Park Upgrades

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October 11, 2012 by   - () Leave a Comment

Along the roads past lakes and campgrounds in New York state, workers have been busy laying down fresh asphalt. Near Lake Cohasset, aging sewer lines are being replaced. Soon, dozens of frayed cabins that house disadvantaged children in the summer will receive makeovers, including new roofs, the New York Times reported.

A cabin at Camp Michikamau on Bear Mountain in Harriman is in need of a new roof. About 25,000 children visit camps in the park each summer.

The construction in Harriman is part of a push to address the backlog of deferred maintenance and infrastructure projects across New York’s state parks, which last spring received an infusion of $89 million from the governor and the Legislature for capital improvements. Adding private grants and federal funds, the total investment will be $143 million — the largest single allocation of capital money in the history of the park system.

“It’s important, welcome and transformative,” said Rose Harvey, commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “The parks have been underfunded for decades. We’re going to do a lot before you can see it and feel it. But it will vastly improve the quality of the experience for the visitor.”

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