Cuomo joins volunteers at Yorktown Heights park

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in this New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in this file photo, announced that Con Ed union workers are returning to work to help deal with storms. (Jan. 17, 2012) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined volunteers at the Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights Saturday as part of the state's first "I Love My Park Day."

FDR Park manager Brian Strasavich said about 130 volunteers of all ages helped build picnic tables, plant flowers, rake leaves and paint.

"We were honored to have Gov. Cuomo stop by and help right alongside volunteers," Strasavich said.

Statewide, volunteers helped beautify 35 state parks and historic sites as part of Cuomo's effort to bring visibility to the needs of the New York park system. The day's activities included clean-ups, tree plantings and restoration of wildlife trails.

Other local parks that took part in the day's volunteer activities include Clarence Fahnestock Memorial State Park in Nelsonville, Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville, Minnewaska State Park Preserve in Kerhonkson, Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park in Dobbs Ferry and Rockland Lake State Park in Congers.

The event comes just after last month's enactment of Cuomo's New York Works Fund, which provides an additional $89 million to the state budget for rehabilitation of state parks.

Of these funds, $1,150,000 is set aside for FDR Park to begin repairs on deteriorated bathhouse facilities and an aging filtration system of the park's swimming pool, one of the largest pools in the country. Strasavich said repairs will begin after the season. The pool is scheduled to open June 23.

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