SENATOR GREG BALL ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR STATE PARKS ON EARTH DAY 2014

 

    Brewster, N.Y. – 04/22/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) was happy to announce that the New York State 2014-15 Budget includes $1,500,000 for two state parks in his Senate District.

    The announcement comes on Earth Day, a day to celebrate the importance of our natural environment, and to rededicate ourselves to ensuring clean air and water, open spaces, and green, healthy communities.

    FDR State Park in Yorktown will receive $1,000,000 to rehabilitate the swimming pool bathhouse and entry plaza and Fahnestock State Park in Putnam and Dutchess counties will receive $500,000 to continue improvement of the Canopus Lake Welcome Center.

    “As we celebrate Earth Day and all the wonderful things our area has to offer, I am excited to announce that FDR and Fahnestock State Parks will both receive funding to make capital improvements,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Both of these parks improve quality of life for residents and also support tourism in our area.”

    These two projects are part of a $90 million statewide commitment to fund a total of 69 projects to improve and repair 53 State parks and historic sites.

    “FDR Park is where I spent my childhood,” said Yorktown Councilman Terrence Murphy. “Back then it was Mohansic State Park, but today my kids enjoy it as much as I did and this money helps ensure my grandchildren will as well.”

    According to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office, The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually. A recent study commissioned by Parks & Trails New York found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

    For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796

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