Next Wave of Exciting Park Projects Announced


The view from Thacher State Park

Take a look at the exciting park projects underway this summer at four state parks: Thacher State Park near Albany, Taughannock Falls State Park in the Finger Lakes, and Green Lakes and Verona Beach State Parks in Central New York.

Coming to Thacher State Park is a brand new Visitor’s Center. The 8,240-square-foot center will have an information center, an area for special events, and a patio overlooking the magnificent Helderberg Escarpment. This exciting new center will complement the park’s recently expanded network of trails where visitors can bike, hike, rock climb, and explore caves! Check out sketches of the new center here and here.

Taughannock Falls

The falls at Taughannock Falls State Park

Construction has already begun on the Taughannock Falls Overlook transformation project. Just outside of Ithaca, Taughannock Falls is known for the incredible 240-foot waterfall surrounded by 400-foot gorges. The project will bring in a three-season comfort station and a seasonal information counter. Additionally, the changes address environmental concerns by reducing runoff from the park and protecting Cayuga Lake.

Green Lakes State Park in Onondaga County has three major projects underway. The first is a substantial renovation on the golf course to the clubhouse that will feature a new outdoor dining area and an expanded pro shop. The second item is revamping the Green Lakes’ Pine Woods Campground. When completed, the campground will feature improved campsites, including the addition of full service sites. The last is an overarching project that will serve to upgrade utilities in the park, as well as improvement to the park entry to address current traffic problems.

Green Lakes

Green Lakes State Park

Improvements were also unveiled at Verona Beach State Park, also in the Central Region. Located on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake, Verona Beach’s facilities recently underwent a makeover in time for the 2015 swim season. The beach area was also expanded and a new enclosed pavilion and community room and three small picnic shelters were also recently completed near the park’s beach and popular campground. In addition to these improvements, several enhancements to the park were made to provide for greater flood protection and pollution prevention.

Learn more about the improvements at Green Lakes and Verona Beach.

The new beach bathhouse at Verona Beach State Park

The new beach bathhouse at Verona Beach State Park



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