July 10, 2013
State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey announced that finishing touches are being completed on several new projects to improve the visitor experience at Letchworth and Hamlin Beach State Parks. The projects were funded through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's New York Works initiative.
"I'm excited these new amenities will be available for visitors to Letchworth and Hamlin Beach State Parks as they begin arriving for our peak season," said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. "State Parks secure our state's tourism industry, with 25 percent of overnight visitors coming from out-of-state. New Yorkers are fortunate that under Governor Cuomo's leadership we are able to protect and improve the quality of these wonderful resources."
"It's wonderful that we have a governor who sees the value and importance of our state park systems and is supportive by including money for the many infrastructure needs of the parks in the budget, especially in these challenging economic times," Carol Rathbun, President of Friends of Letchworth State Park. "Because of this, Letchworth will be able to update cabin facilities on the East side of the park and upgrade the present water system at the south end of the park, both will further enhance the visitors' experience here. It's great to see that these much needed improvements will finally come a reality."
"The Town of Hamlin is pleased with the New York State's commitment to our largest tourist and natural resource, Hamlin Beach State Park. These improvements will ensure that Hamlin Beach remains a popular destination for tourists and a boost to our local economy," said Hamlin Supervisor Thomas Breslawski.
Governor Cuomo has committed a total of $179 million in total funding -- $90 million in 2013-14 and $89 million in 2012-13 -- through the New York Works initiative to rehabilitate dozens of state parks and historic sites across the state, addressing a backlog of capital needs in parks and spurring job creation and economic development.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation operates and maintains 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.