Hudson Valley News
8:22 am
Fri April 13, 2012

NY State Parks System Getting $89M Funding Boost

New York's two most-visited state parks are getting two of the biggest shares of the $89 million in additional funding the Legislature has approved to fix up the aging system of 178 parks and 35 historic sites.

  WAMC's Dave Lucas has more…

Niagara Falls State Park is getting $25 million in New York Works capital projects funding approved late last month by Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers as part of the $132 billion state budget. Jones Beach State Park on Long Island is getting nearly $12 million.

The Niagara Falls Park had more than 8 million visitors last year, while Jones Beach topped 5 million.

Parks advocates say they're pleased about the additional funding, but they also caution that the parks agency itself has said it has a capital projects backlog of about $1 billion.

Dave Lucas, WAMC News.

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