“In 2020, our State parks became an even more critical resource than before as New Yorkers sought safe places for solace, exercise and relief from the pandemic,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York remains fully committed to the continued modernization of our parks system, and with the recent completion of the 750-mile Empire State Trail, we are ensuring New Yorkers and visitors alike, have unparalleled recreational opportunities, especially during these unprecedented times.”
The new cottages at Westcott Beach State Park was part of the Governor’s NY Parks 2020 Plan that designated $3M towards the construction of 10 rental cabins. Under the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), Saratoga Associates developed the custom cottage designs to take advantage of the sweeping Lake Ontario landscape.
Although the pandemic caused many difficulties, NYS Parks gained visitors seeking local recreational opportunities. Westcott Beach State Park’s new cottages provided families and visitors a safe and healthy experience to explore their park. Individual cottages, rather than shared facilities, promoted social distancing, while the luxury design attracts all types of campers. Due to OPRHP’s commitment to health, safety, and accessibility, parks attracted recording breaking visitors!
NYS Unveils New Bathhouse and Cottages at State Parks in North Country
“Over the past 10 years, more than 1 million people have visited the beaches of state parks in the region. However, the amenities have lacked. Wednesday, with the unveiling of more than $9 million in upgrades, the state is hoping to draw in even more people and extend the season for tourism.”
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