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N.Y. Delineates $17M Outdoor Rec Fundings

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June 25, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

State Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens visited the Wilson State Park campground in Woodstock, N.Y., Monday (June 24), spreading word that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced more than $17 million in outdoor recreation improvement projects this summer.

The projects, Martens said, will continue to improve state recreation areas on public lands, including campgrounds, day use areas, trails and boat launches, the Daily Freeman, Kingston, reported.

At Wilson State Park, state Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk, D-Duanesburg, and state Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, D-Kingston, were on hand with local officials as Martens outlined plans to spend the $17 million from the state’s NY Works II and Environmental Protection funds.

“New York’s beautiful natural resources offer great outdoor experiences for individuals and families, whether it is a day trip, afternoon hike, swim, or overnight stay, “ said Martens. “Gov. Cuomo recognizes that outdoor recreation is a boon to local economies and improves the quality of life for New Yorkers. These projects will help to ensure that our outdoor recreation facilities are easily accessible and offer a multitude of activities for people of all ages.”

The state has earmarked $899,000 for the lower Hudson Valley Region, including $150,000 for improvements at Wilson State Park as well as other area campgrounds, like the Woodland Valley Campsite in Phoenicia ($40,000) and the North/South Lake Campground ($400,000) in the Greene County town of Hunter. Most of the work will focus on fixing roofs, parking lots and roads.

The rest of the money is spread out through eight other regions of the state, with the brunt — $11.3 million — going to the Eastern Adirondacks.

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