ALLEGANY STATE PARK – State grant money will be used to replace and expand one playground at Allegany State Park and build a second one.
The grant, part of a $2.6 million effort to modernize state parks in New York, is part of the New York Park 2020 Initiative.
The build project calls for a natural world themed playground with sand play features and a low zip-line at the Red House Beach area next to the Bathhouse.
The rebuild and expand project is to replace and expand an existing playground at the Quaker Run picnic area with natural-world themed equipment with three elevated towers and net climbing features.
Under the initiative, State Parks will replace outdated playgrounds at the parks with modern, code-compliant equipment, improve accessibility for people with disabilities, and create distinct areas for young and older age groups. Playground improvements will be coupled with site improvements, including shade trees or canopies, seating, water fountains and trail/walkway connections to the rest of the park.
Construction will take place in the coming months. The playgrounds are expected to be ready for use next summer.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 69 million people annually. A recent study found that New York State Parks generates $5 billion in economic activity annually and supports 54,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram and Twitter