State Parks Get Influx Of State Money


State parks around the north country have gone from coping with funding cuts to seeing an influx of money.

Three years ago, state parks were threatening to close because of budget cuts.

Now, the state is spending $90 million on park projects.

Local parks are getting $4.7 million.

Construction projects are underway at places like Burnham Point State Park where a new sewer system is being put in. 

"This is one of the original parks in the Thousand Islands region, dating back to 1897, and they require infrastructure improvements," said Kevin Kieff,  director of the Thousand Islands Region of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Keewaydin State Park near Alexandria Bay is getting the most in the north country with nearly $1.8 million for new facilities, paving and marina improvements.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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