Improvements

Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently announced $17 million in improvements to outdoor recreation on state lands – $350,000 of which has been earmarked for the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Sunset Bay Access Site and Marina.

The press release and attached chart explained $250,000 in funding from NY Works II will be used to “reconstruct utilities” and $100,000 in funding from Environmental Protection Fund will be used to pave the parking lot.

According to a DEC Region 9 representative, the grant money will go toward improvements to the restaurant.

“Improvements to the Sunset Bay Marina area will focus on renovation of the restaurant, including utility upgrades and paving. It may also include the purchase of some baseline equipment, such as a refrigerator/freezer and or range, which will help to make the facility more attractive for a concession lease next season,” they said in an email statement.

The grant funding and improvements will be exclusively used on the DEC location in Sunset Bay. The town of Hanover has been searching for grant funding to dredge Cattaraugus Creek which would improve its boat launch; however, this is completely separate from this funding and project.

The press release explained $12 million in NY Work II funding will be used to “develop, renovate or reconstruct boat launches, improve trails and public access including work related to the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and upgrade infrastructure such as roads, bridges, utilities and buildings.” EPF awards totaling $5 million will include “enhanced fishing and boating access, educational camp and center improvements, new kiosks and upgrades to campgrounds, day use areas, roads and parking areas. Projects are set to begin this summer.

“Improving the infrastructure of New York’s outdoor recreation hot spots will help spur economic development and job creation, boost tourism and strengthen regional economies,” Cuomo said. “New York’s vast network of camping, hiking, fishing and boating recreation sites provide millions of tourists with incredible opportunities for outdoor adventures at every turn. This funding, an important component of our New York Works program, will help upgrade and expand recreation prospects across the state and allow even more visitors to take advantage of the tremendous natural resources New York has to offer.”

A total of $1,010,787 in funding was appropriated to state lands in Western New York.

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