Statements from Governor David A.

Paterson and Commissioner Carol Ash
ALBANY -- The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today put forward a recommended list of closures and service reductions in order to achieve its 2010-11 agency savings target and help address the State's historic fiscal difficulties. Governor David A. Paterson issued the following statement: "New York faces an historic fiscal crisis of unprecedented magnitude. It has demanded many difficult but necessary decisions to help ensure the fiscal integrity of our State. The unfortunate reality of closing an $8.2 billion deficit is that there is less money available for many worthy services and programs. In an environment when we have to cut funding to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and social services, no area of State spending, including parks and historic sites, could be exempt from reductions. We cannot mortgage our State's financial future through further gimmicks or avoidance behavior. Spending cuts, however difficult, are needed in order to put New York on the road to fiscal recovery. Going forward through the budget process, I look forward to a productive dialogue with the Legislature on parks and historic sites, as well as other issues." OPRHP Commissioner Carol Ash issued the following statement: "The 2010-11 Executive Budget included reductions to every area of State spending. As such, the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation has today put forward proposed closures and service reductions to meet its agency savings target. These actions were not recommended lightly, but they are necessary to address our State's extraordinary fiscal difficulties." ### A fact sheet on the proposed closures and service reductions is included below: The Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) today put forward a list of closures and service reductions in order to achieve its proposed 2010-11 agency savings target and help address the State's historic fiscal difficulties. As part of a comprehensive plan to close an $8.2 billion deficit, the 2010-11 Executive Budget included necessary cost reductions to each executive State agency, as well as cuts to education, health care, social services, and every other area of State spending. OPRHP's plan includes the closure of 41 parks and 14 historic sites, and service reductions at 23 parks and 1 historic site. The plan also assumes $4 million in park and historic site fee increases that will be identified at a later date, and the use of $5 million in funds from the Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) to finance OPRHP operations. These two actions were part of the 21-day amendments to the Executive Budget and are intended to reduce the number of parks and historic sites subject to closures and service reductions.

Specific recommended closures and service reductions are detailed below:
Long Island

Brookhaven State Park Bethpage State Park Caleb Smith State Park Preserve Cold Spring Harbor State Park Connetquot River State Park Heckscher State Park Jones Beach State Park Montauk Downs State Park Nissequogue River State Park Orient Beach State Park Trail View State Park
New York City Region

Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk Nassau Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk Suffolk

Close Park Eliminate Winter Sports; Reduce picnic area and polo field Close Park Close Park Close Weekdays Close Swimming Pool Close West Swimming Pool; Eliminate July 4th fireworks Close Swimming Pool Close Park Close Park Close Park

Bayswater Point State Park Riverbank State Park

Queens New York

Close Park Reduce Operating Hours; Close Outdoor Swimming Pool; Eliminate Seniors Classes; and Community/Cultural Events

Palisades Region

Fort Montgomery Historic Site Harriman SP– Anthony Wayne Harriman SP – Group Camps High Tor State Park Knox Headquarters Historic Site New Windsor Cantonment SHS Schunnemunk State Park Stony Point State Historic Site Tallman Mountain State Park

Orange Orange Orange Rockland Orange Orange Orange Orange Rockland

Close Historic Site Close Park Area Reduce Maintenance Close Pool Close Historic Site Close Historic Site Close Park Close Historic Site Close Pool

Taconic Region

Donald J. Trump State Park FDR (Roosevelt) State Park Hudson Highlands State Park James Baird State Park Mills Norrie State Park Olana State Historic Site Philipse Manor Hall Historic Site Rockefeller State Park Preserve Taconic Outdoor Education Center Taconic State Park – Rudd Pond Wonder Lake State Park
Saratoga-Capital Region

Westchester Westchester Putnam Dutchess Dutchess Columbia Westchester Westchester Putnam Dutchess Putnam

Close Park Reduce Swimming Pool Season Close Arden Point Area Reduce Golf Course Season Reduce Golf Course Season Close 2 Days per Week Close Historic Site Eliminate Interpretive Programs Eliminate Interpretive Programs Close Rudd Pond Area Close Park

Bennington Battlefield State Park Hudson River Islands State Park John Boyd Thacher State Park John Brown Farm Historic Site Johnson Hall State Historic Site Max V. Shaul State Park Schodack Island State Park Schoharie Crossing Historic Site Schuyler Mansion Historic Site
Central Region

Rensselaer Rensselaer Albany Essex Fulton Schoharie Rensselaer Schoharie Albany

Close Historic Site Close Park Close Park Close Historic Site Close Historic Site Close Park Close Park Close Historic Site Close Historic Site

Chittenango Falls State Park Clark Reservation State Park Fort Ontario State Historic Site Helen McNitt State Park Herkimer Home Historic Site Hunts Pond State Park Oquaga Creek State Park Old Erie Canal State Park Oriskany Battlefield/Steuben SHS Pixley Falls State Park Robert Riddell State Park

Madison Onondaga Oswego Madison Herkimer Chenango Broome Onondaga Oneida Oneida Delaware

Close Park Close Park Close Historic Site Close Park Close Historic Site Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Historic Site Close Park Close Park

Selkirk Shores State Park
Finger Lakes Region

Oswego

Close Public Swimming Beach

Beechwood State Park Bonavista State Park Chimney Bluffs State Park Newtown Battlefield State Park Springbrook Greens State Park Two Rivers State Park Buttermilk Falls State Park Seneca Lake State Park Stony Brook State Park
Thousand Islands Region

Wayne Seneca Wayne Chemung Cayuga Tioga Tompkins Seneca Steuben

Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Public Swimming Area Close Lake Swimming Beach Close Public Swimming Area

Canoe Island State Park Cedar Island State Park Eel Weir State Park Keewaydin State Park Macomb Reservation State Park Mary Island State Park Point Au Roche State Park Sackets Harbor State Historic Site
Genesee Region

Jefferson Jefferson St. Lawrence Jefferson Clinton Jefferson Clinton Jefferson

Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Park Close Historic Site

Hamlin Beach State Park Oak Orchard State Marine Park Regionwide
Niagara Region

Monroe Close Swimming Beach 3 Days per Week Orleans Close Park Multiple Eliminate Camper Recreation Program

Joseph Davis State Park Knox Farm State Park Niagara Falls State Park Wilson-Tuscarora State Park Woodlawn Beach State Park
Allegany Region

Niagara Erie Niagara Niagara Erie

Close Park Close Park Reduce Interpretive Programs Close Park Close Park

Allegany State Park

Cattaraugus

Long Point State Park

Chautauqua

Close Quaker Area Swim Beach; Close Quaker Cabins Area on December 1st; Eliminate Winter Trails Maintenance; Reduce Recreation Programs Close Park
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