CROPSEYVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that construction has begun on a $3.2 million Grafton Lakes State Park Center.
The governor’s office says in addition to housing the park’s offices and an info center, the center will provide comfortable space to host year-round education, recreational and volunteer activities.
“From beautiful ponds to miles of trails, Grafton Lakes is a jewel of the state park system, and this new center will offer more ways for visitors to enjoy this great park,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This administration has made record investments to rebuild and modernize our park infrastructure, and I encourage New Yorkers and visitors alike to see what our parks have to offer all year-round.”
The center will include the following:
- Activity space to expand and enhance the park’s environmental education programs, which already serve about 7,000 children and families annually;
- Exhibit area to highlight the ecology of the park and the Rensselaer Plateau;
- Outdoor patio with terraced seating and fire pit as well as an indoor wood-burning hearth;
- Information desk to help visitors explore the park’s expansive trail network and other features;
- Sustainable design, including a photovoltaic system, geothermal heating and cooling, LED and natural lighting, low-flow plumbing features and storm-water controls;
- Centrally located park offices and public restrooms.
The facility will be situated at the north end of the Long Pond Beach parking lot.
Construction is expected to be completed by next year.