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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby George » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:11 pm

An interesting editorial that the closure list may only be half the truth. Also that the parks are an economic engine for many small communities upstate

http://www.timesunion.com/ASPStories/St ... CCode=MBTA

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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby Bill_K » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:05 pm

Full ViewState Parks and Historic Sites Slated to Close in Erie Canalway
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Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor February 23, 2010
In This Issue
State Parks Slated to Close
Eleven State Parks and Historic Sites Slated for Closure in Erie Canalway
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site in the Mohawk Valley and the Old Erie Canal State Park in Central New York are on the list of state parks and historic sites slated for closure released by the Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP) last Friday. Of the 41 parks and 14 historic sites to close, 11 are located within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.

According to the Governor's press release, OPRHP put forward the list of closures and service reductions in order to achieve its proposed 2010-11 agency savings target and help address the State's historic $8.2 billion deficit.

OPRHP's 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.

Sites targeted for closure within the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor include:

Saratoga-Capital Region
Schoharie Crossing Historic Site, Schoharie County
Schuyler Mansion Historic Site, Albany Co.

Central New York Region
Chittenango Falls State Park, Madison
Clark Reservation State Park, Onondaga
Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego
Herkimer Home Historic Site, Herkimer
Old Erie Canal State Park, Onondaga
Oriskany Battlefield/Steuben SHS, Oneida

Finger Lakes Region
Bonavista State Park, Seneca
Buttermilk Falls State Park, Tompkins, Close Public Swimming Area
Seneca Lake State Park, Seneca, Close Lake Swimming Beach

For a complete list of parks and historic sites to close and more detailed information, go to:

Governor's press release >>

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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby Matt » Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:26 pm

Facebook users rally to save Chittenango Falls State Park from closure
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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby cbobcat49 » Wed Feb 24, 2010 11:16 am

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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby cbobcat49 » Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:16 pm

This is from the Finger Lakes Trail mailing list that I'm on. If this is true, this is insane...

Gene:

I'm all for keeping our parks open and maintaining them within the constraints of our ability to do so.

But what irks me about the "parks closing" information being reported by the media is that Commissioner Ash has failed to mention that in her proposed "parks closing" budget she is actually increasing the administrative staff by 20%!

How can she justify a 20% increase in administrative staff while at the same time closing parks? She is also proposing increasing the opertating staff by 30 people (about a 3% increase.)

It shouldn't take more people to administer and operate fewer parks, should it?

There will be an overall decrease in employees but the decrease isn't associated with the operating staff or administrative staff.

Moreover, most of the funding reductions are in the capital improvement lines of the budget.

We need a lot more answers and a lot better management of our state parks then what is being presented to us.

Instead of running around claiming "if I don't get more money then I'll close hundreds of parks to punish you" Commissioner Ash should be working to find ways top maintain the park system during the economic crisis.

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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby Bill_K » Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:58 pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_ny_governor

NY Gov. Paterson won't seek new term

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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby Matt » Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:32 pm

Hmm... bring on the next idiot!
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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby cbobcat49 » Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:51 pm

Looks like it'll be Andrew Cuomo.
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Re: Article: Perilous time for parks

Postby Matt » Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:59 pm

Chittenango Falls, Oriskany Memorial boost local economies

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