Improvements 'Wow' At Higley Flow State Park

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Seven year old Leah Warren of Lisbon and her younger brother, Caleb, can't get enough of the newly opened playground at the Higley Flow State Park in South Colton.

"I like going down the slide a lot," she said.

In addition to new slides, the $140,000 playground also includes seesaws, a rock climbing wall, and other climbing equipment.

It's part of close to $500,000 that has been spent to improve the popular campground.

The kids are extremely happy with it," said park manager Henry Seig. "The parents seem happy with it. It's a great improvement compared with what we had in the past."

Other improvements include a new $300,000 handicapped-accessible shower and unisex bathroom building. The one it replaces was over 30 years old and in poor condition.
 
The projects were paid for through state funding from the North Country Regional Economic Development Council and the state's New York Works initiative.

"They wanted the wow factor," Seig said. "The honest-to-God first person to look at it, their words were, 'wow.'"

"And since then, all we've been getting is 'wow.'"
 
Meanwhile, work is nearly complete on an all-season multi-purpose lodge at the campground. The new facility will not only allow access for cross-country skiers, but will also house a nature center and other summer and fall programs.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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