LI to get $10M from state for parks repair

Work continues on the damaged sections of boardwalk

Work continues on the damaged sections of boardwalk at Jones Beach in Wantagh. (Dec. 28, 2012) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Long Island will get $10 million for reconstruction projects at Jones Beach, Sunken Meadow and other state parks from grants announced Friday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

Statewide, the $90 million in NY Works funding will pay for nearly 90 projects to upgrade and repair more than 50 state parks and historic sites.

The Long Island projects are:

Sunken Meadow: $2.2 million for repair of beach bathhouse; $1.25 million for first-phase improvements to a golf course irrigation system.

Jones Beach: $1 million for various improvements; $150,000 to restore historic mosaics.

Hither Hills: $1.5 million for new campground restroom and shower building; $1 million for repaving roads.

Wildwood: $1.5 million to build new campground restroom and shower building.

Planting Fields: $400,000 to install new accessible sensory garden.

There are also design funds for 60 construction projects at 50 parks statewide. On Long Island, projects include: Fields 2 and 5 beach bathhouses at Robert Moses; Field 6 bathhouse at Jones Beach; Field 6 beach structures at Heckscher; restoration of Hempstead Lake's Northwest Pond Dam; and rehabilitation of two dams at Caleb Smith.

"The state is investing in much needed projects to repair our parks and historic sites while creating jobs and generating local economic activity," Cuomo said in a statement.

Erik Kulleseid, director of the Alliance for New York State Parks, said, "Following decades of deferred maintenance and underinvestment, New York's state parks are on an exciting upswing."

Last year, Cuomo committed $89 million through NY Works to pay for more than 100 projects at 55 parks and historic sites.

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