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Niagara Falls, NY - State Park workers install and upgraded playground at DeVeaux Woods State Park.
RECREATIONAL UPGRADES COMING TO LOCAL STATE PARKS
Whirlpool, DeVeaux Woods and Reservoir Parks to be enhanced
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) announced today that work to replace deteriorated playgrounds at Whirlpool and DeVeaux State Parks are currently underway and that Reservoir State Park will be the new home to an outdoor gym and fitness trail.
The new playground at Whirlpool State Park will feature play equipment with a woodland theme that includes a variety of elements including swinging, rocking, climbing and sliding. State of the art safety surfacing will be used to prevent injuries.
At DeVeaux Woods State Park, new equipment will be integrated into the current playground set. This play area will also be themed to blend with the feel of the park and will be surrounded by safety surfacing as well. Sensory equipment will be included at this playground and signage will be placed to educate visitors about the flora and fauna of the park and Niagara Gorge. Both the Whirlpool and DeVeaux Woods playgrounds are designed for children age 2-12 and are fully inclusive.
Reservoir State Park in Lewiston, which is already a popular location for outdoor recreation, will incorporate an outdoor gym featuring easy to use equipment near the sports courts. The existing 1.2 mile walking trail will be retrofitted to have fitness stations every 1/10 of a mile that will allow users to do activities such as pull ups, leg lifts and balance steps.
All three facilities are expected to be open by early July.
“Increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation at these community parks is consistent with State Parks Commissioner Harvey’s mission to get more kids outdoors. We are confident that these new playground faculties will become well used and popular gathering areas for families from all over Western New York and beyond,” State Parks Western Regional Director Mark Thomas.
Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York is making a historic commitment to improving and expanding access to outdoor recreation. The Governor's NY Parks 2020 program is a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public funding for State Parks from 2011 to 2020. The FY 2018 Executive Budget includes $120 million toward this initiative. In addition, the Governor proposed completing the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Erie Canalway trails by 2020 to create the Empire State Trail, the largest state multi-use trail in the nation. The state will develop 350 miles of new trail in three phases to create a 750-mile pathway for hiking and biking along scenic vistas and through historic communities.
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. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit http://www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow onTwitter.