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Midway To Receive Funding For New Train-Themed Playground

Midway State Park will benefit from the next phase of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Parks 2020 Initiative to improve playgounds and trails in state parks.

On Wednesday, Cuomo said Midway State Park would received $300,000 for the construction this winter of a new train-themed playground reflecting the park’s origination as a 19th century “trolley park.” Work is expected to be done in time for the 2020 operating season.

Overall, the governor announced $2.9 million for a variety of projects across the state. The initiative includes modernizing 100 playgrounds, replacing outdated equipment with modern, code-compliant facilities, improving access for people with disabilities, and creating specific areas for older and younger age groups.

“We are continuing to invest in every corner of the state to ensure that New Yorkers have access to nearby family-friendly, top-notch facilities, with modern playgrounds and expanded or improved opportunities for hiking and outdoor recreation,” Cuomo said. “Our state parks serve as community anchors as well as economic engines for families and business across New York, and this is why we have made their enhancement a top priority.”

“Our parks and trails are the gems of communities across the state,” said Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. “New York is home to some of the most beautiful parks, historic sites, and natural resources in the world. This funding is important to improve and preserve our playgrounds and trails in State Parks for children and families to continue to enjoy. Our Parks 2020 modernization effort will increase recreational opportunities, boost the tourism industry, and strengthen the economy of New York.”

Other projects in Western New York include:

• $130,000 for rehabilitation at Allegany State Park, including work on the 25-mile Art Roscoe Cross-Country Ski and Mountain Bike Area scheduled to be completed by October.

• $300,000 for the new Nature Center playground at Letchworth State Park, with construction start anticipated for April.

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