Planning for the Future

Wellesley Island State Park

Wellesley Island State Park

State Parks continues to advance its master planning process. The public has a chance to weigh in on plans for state parks in the Thousand Islands and Finger Lakes this summer and fall.

The master plans developed for state parks are important because they establish a long-term vision to guide future development of new and enhanced park facilities and operations. The plans also guide the protection of natural, cultural and historical resources. Read below for upcoming opportunities for the public to provide input on the development of park master plans for Sampson State Park and the Wellesley Island Park Complex.

Sampson State Park

Located in the Finger Lakes, Sampson State Park is a 2,000-acre recreation park popular for camping and boating on Seneca Lake. Lakefront access for passive and active water-based recreation opportunities are also popular. The former Navy training ground and Air Base also includes many other recreational facilities, such as a swimming beach and a scenic lake trail. The park is also home to 11 distinct ecological communities and a rare plant.

Written comments and suggestions will be accepted until September 12, 2014. Send written comments to: Marcus Riehl, Senior Natural Resources Planner, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, 2221 Taughannock Road, Trumansburg, NY 14886, or email at: sampson.plan@parks.ny.gov.

A Public Information Meeting Packet is available on State Parks’ website. Read PTNY’s preliminary comments.

Wellesley Island Complex

The master planning process has also begun for three contiguous state parks in the Thousand Islands: Wellesley Island, Dewolf Point and Waterson Point. The parks offer numerous recreational opportunities and stunning views along the St. Lawrence River. Wellesley Island in particular is known for its camping; in 2004 it was named one of the Top 100 Campgrounds in the nation, and in 2005 it was named one of Reserve America’s Top Outdoor Locations.

Written comments may be submitted by September 23 through an online survey or in writing to: Mark Hohengasser, NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Planning Bureau, Albany, NY 12238, or email at: Wellesley.Plan@parks.ny.gov.

A Public Information Meeting Packet is available on State Parks’ website.

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