Assemblyman John Ceretto has announced Western New York will be receiving more than $14 million to revitalize state parks and various historic sites in the region. Ceretto said this investment is a great way to continue the recent influx of capital to ensure the region remains a viable tourist destination in the state.
"We are fortunate to have some of the most scenic state parks in all of New York right in our backyard," he said. "Thousands of tourists come to Western New York each year to visit places like Beaver Island State Park, DeVeaux Woods State Park, Fort Niagara State Park, Niagara Falls State Park and the Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site, so it's important that we keep these sites safe and accessible.
"I will be working closely with the governor to make sure the improvements made to our state parks will be carried out swiftly and safely so our visitors can continue to experience the beautiful sites that these parks have to offer."
Ceretto is the ranking member on the tourism, parks, arts, and sports development committee.
The revitalization project is part of the NY Parks 2020 plan, which will invest roughly $900 million in state parks by the year 2020. Western New York can expect approximately $14 million for 13 projects in the region. This includes more than $4 million for the continuation of the Niagara Falls State Park revitalization initiative; $2,000,000 to replace a golf club shop previously destroyed by a fire in Beaver Island State Park; $400,000 to repair and resurface deteriorated park roads at DeVeaux Woods State Park; $2,500,000 to construct a new swimming bathhouse at Fort Niagara State Park; $200,000 for ongoing repair at Old Fort Niagara; and $600,000 for multiple fishing access improvements to Niagara Region Parks, including Artpark and Fort Niagara.