Wellesley Island State Park is the big winner in the north country as the state on Tuesday announced $90 million in grants to improve the states aging park system.
The Fineview park will receive $2 million to replace its deteriorating beach concession building, restrooms and picnic pavilion. An additional $850,000 will replace the parks electrical system, drinking water system and roads in the F campground area.
Higley Flow State Park in Colton will get $850,000 to replace the swimming-beach bathhouse. The park is still recovering from ice-storm damage that made hiking and cross-country ski trails nearly impassable until volunteers cleaned up most of the debris.
Other project funding awarded to Northern New York parks is:
n Point Au Roche State Park: $350,000 to improve the Lake Champlain parks boat dock, parking and morring area.
n Jacques Cartier State Park: $250,000 to build a recreational vehicle sewage collection station.
n Westcott Beach State Park: $250,000 to upgrade the sewage treatment system in the Plateau Campground.
n Rock Island Lighthouse State Park: $250,000 for stabilization and repairs to the parks boat house.
n Black River Trail: $160,000 to provide the state match to a federal grant to extend the trail one mile toward Watertown.