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NY – $1.3 Million to Improve State Park Hiking Trails and Recreation

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $1.3 million in funding would be awarded to 17 projects to improve state park hiking trails and outdoor recreational projects across the state.

Improving the trails are part of the governor’s commitment to improving park and increasing tourism around the state through the NY Parks 2020 Plan.

“These trails are pathways to the unparalleled natural beauty that exists in every corner of New York,” Cuomo said in a statement. “With this funding, we will ensure they remain well-maintained and accessible for years to come and I encourage residents and visitors alike to take a trip and experience these natural treasures for themselves.”

 The state parks that are being awarded include Fillmore Glen State Park, Saratoga-Capital Region State Parks, Finger Lakes Region State Parks and Rockland Lake State Park.

The governor’s NY Parks 2020 program is a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding from 2011 to 2020. The 2016-2017 state budget allocates $90 million to this initiative.

“People need safe and enjoyable places to hike, job, bike or horseback ride,” Rose Harvey, the Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said in a statement. “State Park trails offer some of the best places to explore and discover New York’s great outdoors, and I’m grateful to Governor Cuomo for improving and expanding the trail networks in our State Parks.”

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