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Big Bucks for State Parks

Albany (WALK) - Several state parks on Long Island are about to get a facelift.

Governor Cuomo announced yesterday that 11 tate parks located in Suffolk and Nassau, will get $25 million in improvements over the next year. The projects to be funded include the restoration of the crumbling field 5 swimming beach bathhouse at Robert Moses State Park (pictured at left), as well as a Visitors Center for Long Island's newest state park, Hallock State Park Preserve, which stretches along the Long Island Sound on the North Fork.

The list also includes $10 million for the first year of the 5-year revitalization project at Jones Beach, which carries a total price tag of $65 million.

Other projects to be funded include:

  • Robert Moses State Park: Replacement of the park's drinking water treatment plant.
  • Hallock State Park Preserve: Construction of a green parking area, new access roads and trails.
  • Hempstead Lake State Park: Park improvements plan.
  • Belmont Lake State Park in Babylon: Installment of energy efficient HVAC controls in the administrative building.
  • Bethpage State Park: Improvement of energy efficiency of the clubhouse HVAC system.
  • Orient Beach State Park: Replacement of failing drinking water line
  • Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay: Construction of a green parking area.
  • Multiple parks: Replacement of trees destroyed by superstorm Sandy and replacement of non-compliant cesspools.

According to Governor Cuomo, a total of $90 million has been committed to state parks rehabilitation statewide over the next year. This is the third year of Cuomo's ongoing plan to revitalize the state park system.

Photo: Jeff Pearce


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