Friday, April 06, 2012

will the victoria pool open memorial day with the $1.5 million parks is giving to saratoga spa state park?

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Local state parks will get nearly $7 million worth of improvements, including $1.5 million at Saratoga Spa State Park, under a capital plan announced this week.

Plans call for resurfacing Geyser Loop Road and the Columbia parking area, improve the Route 50 trailway and repairing park infrastructure.

Elsewhere in the Saratoga-Capital District region, upgrades will also be made to Moreau Lake, Peebles Island, Grafton Lakes and John Boyd Thacher state parks.

“That’s fabulous, I’m absolutely thrilled,” Saratoga-Capital Region Parks Commission chair Heather Mabee said. “That much infusion to the Capital Region is amazing considering the funds that are needed across the state.”

Statewide, almost $90 million has been allocated to parks and historic sites under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “New York Works” initiative.

In Saratoga County, Peebles Island State Park in Waterford will get the largest share — $3 million — that will be used to rehabilitate and improve facilities and infrastructure such as the historic Bleachery building.

“This funding will help to keep history alive and enhance educational opportunities of this historic state park,” Assemblyman Ron Canestrari, D-Cohoes, said.

Moreau Lake State Park will get $1,275,000 to resurface campground roads and the beach parking area, along with restroom rehabilitation.

At Grafton Lakes in Rensselaer County, $625,000 will be used to resurface the park entrance road and rehabilitate restrooms.

Thacher park in the Helderbergs is slated to get $350,000 for improvements to picnic shelters and parking areas. Continued...

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