Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

July 07, 2014

Randy Simons
Dan Keefe
(518) 486-1868

Media Advisory: New York State Parks Expands Free Learn to Swim Program


WHO:  New York State Parks
           American Red Cross
           National Swimming Pool Foundation
           Northeast Spa and Pool Association Foundation

WHAT: State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey joins partners and Learn to Swim program participants at Grafton Lakes State Park to announce 2014 Free Learn to Swim Programs at state parks. Press conference will take place near the beach, and the media will have the opportunity to see a swim class in progress.

Learn-to-Swim is a statewide program that in its second year is expanding. Across the state, three additional parks have been selected to host free Learn-to-Swim classes and two of those parks are here in the Saratoga/Capital Region at Grafton Lakes and Moreau Lake State Parks. The expanded program will teach up to 1000 children across the state to swim for free this summer season, doubling the number of children reached in 2013's pilot year by including more parks and more regions. The program, for children up to 12 years, is made possible through a partnership between the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the American Red Cross, National Swimming Pool Foundation and the Northeast Spa and Pool Association Foundation.

WHERE: Grafton Lakes State Park, at the beach
              2625 NY Route 2
              Grafton NY 12082

WHEN:   Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 9:45 am

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 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, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.