Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Press Release

April 09, 2009

Press Contact:
Mike Miecznikowski

State Parks Announces 2009-10 Operating Schedule Changes for the Allegany Region

Park Patrons Urged to Take Note of Changes in Hours for Beaches, Campgrounds

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation today announced changes in the 2009-10 operating schedules at a number of parks and historic sites in the Allegany Region. The changes reflect a reduction in state spending at parks and historic sites.

"State Parks, like all state agencies, is responding to the current economic realities. We have been charged with making many difficult decisions and the changes we announce today are among them," said Commissioner Carol Ash.

"By concentrating the changes to the shoulder seasons, off-peak hours or facilities where similar services are available nearby, we hope to minimize the impact on our patrons," said Ash.

While approximately 100 parks and historic sites across the state will see some reduction in services, Ash noted that no parks have been closed in full, and the daily entrance fee to the parks is unchanged. In addition, a number of changes coincide with park repair and rehabilitation projects.

Changes for the Allegany Region are outlined below.

  • Allegany State Park: Reduced hours of operations at the Red House and Quaker swimming beaches (closing one hour early each day). Reduced nature and interpretive programs. Camping season reduced during late fall and early spring and reduced cabin availability late fall. Selective late fall closures of restroom facilities.
  • Lake Erie State Park: The swimming beach will be closed for 2009. Camping season reduced (Memorial Day weekend to Columbus weekend).
  • Long Point State Park: Swimming beach will open late (July 1) and close early (August 16), and daily swimming hours will be reduced (shortened by two hours/day). Restrooms will be closed during the winter and snowplowing will be curtailed.
  • Midway State Park: Reduced hours of operation (open Noon to 7:00 pm). Special events will be reduced.