Parks

Title 9 of the Environmental Protection Act of 1993 provides funds for the acquisition, development and improvement of parks, historic properties and heritage areas, and for the planning of such projects. Municipalities and not-for profit organizations with an ownership interest in the property are eligible. The Historic Preservation program requires that properties be listed on the State or National Registers of Historic Places. The Heritage Areas program requires that the project be located in, and consistent with, approved management plans for Heritage Areas designated under section 33.01 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law. There are long term protection provisions. Grant recipients are required to provide matching funds.

These are reimbursement grants. Once a project agreement is formally approved and conditions met, grant recipients must document project expenditures in order to receive reimbursement. Payment is made upon verification that the work meets State standards and the expenditures comply with State requirements. Ten percent of the grant funds are held until the project is complete. To avoid jeopardizing grant reimbursement, successful applicants are advised NOT to begin work until they formalize a project agreement (including a budget, scope of work and performance timeline) and long-term protection agreement with OPRHP. Award conditions include documenting ownership, incorporation, charities registration, environmental and historic preservation review (SEQR and Section 14.09 of the Historic Preservation Law), OPRHP approval/acceptance of plans and specifications and bidding documents, competitive bidding, EEO and solicitation of MWBEs (Article 15-A of the Executive Law), etc.  

Agency Program Name CFA # Region Applicant Name Project Name Project Description CFA Award Amount Contract Executed Anticipated Completion Date
Parks Children's Park Improvements 40611 Long Island Incorporated Village of Port Jefferson Children's Park Improvements The Village of Port Jefferson will completely upgrade Children’s Park to be an ADA-compliant "inclusive play" park inviting to all visitors regardless of mobility level. New amenities will include a safer park surface, new adaptive swing and walking areas, seating, trees, tile art wall, a climber, tree house, ship, fencing, and a new basketball court. $265,000.00 Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 19:00
Parks Brooklyn Bridge Plaza 65356 New York City Brooklyn Bridge Park Brooklyn Bridge Plaza Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, will be the final section of Brooklyn Bridge Park to be constructed. Electrical services will support an ice skating rink extending the outdoor season of the Park and attracting visitors year-round. The Plaza will offer two additional acres of open space and connect the northern parkland of DUMBO with the Park piers to the south.  $500,000.00
Parks Ashokan Rail Trail 68355 Mid-Hudson County of Ulster Ashokan Rail Trail Ulster County will convert 11.5-miles of the County-owned Ulster & Delaware Railroad corridor into an accessible, shared-use trail along the northern short of the Ashokan Reservoir. The Project extends from West Hurley to Boiceville and will be open to the public without fee or permit year-round for running, walking, bicycling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. $500,000.00
Parks Walkway East Entranceway Visitor Improvement Project 64553 Mid-Hudson Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge Company, Inc. Walkway East Entranceway Visitor Improvement Project The Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge Co. will use funding to build a Welcome Center at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park's east entrance which will feature permanent rest rooms, a covered gathering area, water fountains, vendor pads with electric access, benches, lighting, landscaping and other amenities suitable to accommodate the 500,000 visitors Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park hosts annually.  $500,000.00
Parks Mill Brook Preserve Development 65603 Mid-Hudson Village of New Paltz Mill Brook Preserve Development The Village of New Paltz will build pedestrian/ bike path bridges and amenities and form 3.3+ miles of recreational trails on public lands in the heart of New Paltz. The project will fund a landscaped parking area and trailhead with a kiosk, two types of trails, signage, benches, educational panels and other improvements. Within the network of trails, there will be a 0.5+/- mile segment of universally accessible trail constructed that supports use by persons of all ages and abilities.  $317,997.00
Parks Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Restoration 66520 Western New York County of Erie Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Restoration The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is located in the Frederick Law Olmstead designed South Park (National Registry). Erie County is seeking assistance to restore and repair the historic greenhouses.  The work will include interior and exterior remediation, hazardous materials sampling, testing and abatement, extensive structural work, masonry repairs, aluminum framing replacement, wood restoration and replacement, plaster repairs, painting, window repair and replacement of glazing. $500,000.00
Parks Prospect Park Water Quality Project 68540 New York City Prospect Park Alliance, Inc. Prospect Park Water Quality Project Propect Park's and Brooklyn's only Lake is suffering from toxic algae blooms which impacts the ecological health of the entire park and denies access to this highly used recreational feature of the park. This unusual project will combine a unique pilot study for reducing phosphorus loading in the lake through ecoWEIR technology. The project will be incorporated into two sections of the park, including an area requiring baseball field reconstruction. $394,473.00
Parks Fredonia Barker Commons Project 62587 Western New York Village of Fredonia Fredonia Barker Commons Project Barker Commons is the central feature of the Fredonia Commons Historic District. Improvements will initiate the development of a multi-phased/systematic plan to update the park making it more attractive for programming & visitors. Improvements to the Commons that the proposed grant will provide will include metal fencing along all 8 sides, landscaping, pedestrian ramps, replacement of concrete walkways, updates to lighting fixtures and the two historic water fountains, and gateway monuments. $310,544.00
Parks Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail 64738 North Country Thousand Islands Land Trust Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail Thousand Islands Land Trust will conduct the planning phase of the Rivergate trail from the Riverwalk trail along the St. Lawrence River in the business section of Clayton extending seven miles into the Towns of Clayton and Orleans. The trail will enhance access to recreation resources by creating connections among protected local amenities and 3 miles of the Rivergate trail.  $41,750.00 Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 20:00
Parks Preservation and Restoration of Eagle Island Camp 65657 North Country Friends of Eagle Island, Inc. Preservation and Restoration of Eagle Island Camp Rehabilitation of Eagle Island Camp, an Adirondack Great Camp and National Historic Landmark (NHL) on Upper Saranac Lake in Santa Clara acquired in 2015. Work will be completed on historic contributing buildings to includes electric, water, and sewage upgrades. The restored Eagle Island will operate as an environmentally responsible camp for youth and a rustic retreat for families and small groups. $498,825.00
Parks Restore Coles Decorative Painting plus Fire Suppression System 67041 Capital District Thomas Cole Historic House Restore Coles Decorative Painting plus Fire Suppression System This project will restore and protect a unique and internationally acclaimed tourism asset: Thomas Cole's home and the newly discovered hand-painted decoration he created on the walls and to add a fire suppression system. The expected outcome is the complete restoration of the earliest known interior decorative painting by an American artist, increased visitation, and the preservation and protection of the Main House. $417,650.00
Parks Edward Brodhead Green Tower Restoration Preserving a Buffalo Architectural Landmark 68617 Western New York First Presbyterian Society of the Town of Buffalo Edward Brodhead Green Tower Restoration Preserving a Buffalo Architectural Landmark The restoration and repointing of the historic E.B. Green tower of First Presbyterian Church located at One Symphony Circle in Buffalo NY will have an immediate, significant, and ongoing impact to both the cultural and social fabric of the region. Recognized as a Nationally Registered Historic Landmark, the building is an architectural icon in the city?s skyline and an important piece in Olmstead?s internationally recognized urban design. $328,440.00
Parks Seward House Museum Woodshed Revitalization 63156 Central New York Seward House Museum Seward House Museum Woodshed Revitalization For nearly 170 years, the rear woodshed section of the Seward House has been left underutilized. Through intense restoration work, the structure?s foundation, interior and exterior walls and studs, floor joists, rafters, and roof will be effectively restored. This work will return the woodshed structure to its original state. Further work involving the installation of mechanical systems will ensure sustainable preservation of the woodshed as it is adapted into a multi-purpose visitor space.  $99,772.00
Parks Harlem Valley Rail Trail Outdoor Classroom 64793 Mid-Hudson Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, Inc. Harlem Valley Rail Trail Outdoor Classroom The Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association will build an outdoor classroom, a quarter-mile north of the Village of Millerton on a double-wide railroad bridge on the Harlem Valley Rail Trail. One half of the bridge will carry the Trail, the other half will be developed into a sheltered, open-air classroom focusing on water conservation, the wetland conservation, the importance of ecosystems, and implications of human-plant/animal interactions. Interpretive displays will also be installed. $97,000.00
Parks Center for Arts and Education 65663 Mid-Hudson Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh Center for Arts and Education The Boys & Girls Club of Newburgh will purchase the Columbus Trust Bank building, located in the East End Historic District in Newburgh that will become the new home for the Newburgh Performing Arts Academy and the Early Elementary Education Center.  The new facility will be named the Center for Arts & Education. $500,000.00
Parks Rock Garden Water Feature and Pond Restoration Project 67187 Finger Lakes Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park Rock Garden Water Feature and Pond Restoration Project This project will revitalize the entire Rock Garden and underground water system that was part of the original estate when this feature was constructed in the early 1900s. The first phase will be to develop and plan the restoration process. The construction phase will be conducted to include the restoration of the water fountain, the underground water pipes that go from the reflecting ponds to the rock garden, the landscaping, and the rock formations. $450,000.00
Parks EPCAL Athletic Trail 63401 Long Island Town of Riverhead EPCAL Athletic Trail The Town of Riverhead will complete the Vietnam Veterans Recreational Trail located within the western portion of the Calverton Enterprise Park site. $500,000.00
Parks Center for Great Women 64916 Finger Lakes National Women's Hall of Fame Center for Great Women This project is Phase III-A in the adaptive rehabilitation of the historic 1844 Seneca Knitting Mill.  It will transform and re-use the first floor of the empty and dilapidated Mill into 4,200 square feet of habitable and occupiable space for exhibits and cultural activities showcasing the amazing stories of the National Women's Hall of Fame?s Inductees. $300,000.00
Parks Final Planning Phase of the Bear Mountain Trails Project 65689 Mid-Hudson New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Final Planning Phase of the Bear Mountain Trails Project The NYNJ Trail Conference (TC) will create detailed layout, design, and construction documents and specifications to build and rehabilitate the last sections of the Bear Mountain trail network. It will include the layout and design plan to adaptively rehabilitate the historic Spider Hill House as an educational interpretive center. The proposed project sites are located on 3 historic trails, Suffern-Bear Mountain, Major Welch and a connector trail. $47,720.00
Parks Pavilion Restoration and Adaptive Reuse 67215 North Country The Fort Ticonderoga Association Pavilion Restoration and Adaptive Reuse The restoration and adaptive re-use of the 1827 Pell Mansion Pavilion to be completed by 2020, when Fort Ticonderoga will celebrate 200 years of Pell family landmark preservation. The Pavilion restoration is one of the first phases in Fort Ticonderoga?s capital expansion project, which includes the already completed construction of docks to provide expanded maritime programming and greater visitor access, and the construction of a transformative new museum and destination facility. $500,000.00
Parks Gloversville Library Building Stabilization 63451 Mohawk Valley Gloversville Public Library Gloversville Library Building Stabilization There are four projects in this application that focus on securing the building's envelope: the rectangular back and basement wood windows and frames will be replaced; the oculus window over the front entrance will be restored; the front doors and vestibule will be removed; the flat rubber and stone roof will be replaced; the roof and the dome with sealed skylight will be restored; and the final project will address masonry issues at the front entrance. $500,000.00
Parks Willard Memorial Chapel Restoration Project 64940 Central New York Community Preservation Committee, Inc. Willard Memorial Chapel Restoration Project The Willard Memorial Chapel was a statewide success story when in 1990, the Community Preservation Committee, Inc. saved this ?complete and unaltered Tiffany religious interior?.  Now, 26 years later, the issues to be addressed are: slate roof, copper valley and downspouts, windows and moisture controls, masonry stabilization, restoration of doors and windows, high energy efficiency new furnaces, and ice damage control and elimination.   $250,000.00
Parks Kingston Point Park Infrastructure Improvements 65734 Mid-Hudson City of Kingston Kingston Point Park Infrastructure Improvements The City of Kingston will install a youth soccer field at the Kingston Point Park Complex, improve drainage and regrade/pave the existing parking lot, improve the Kingston Point Dog Park,  and regrade the softball field so players can safely play. Energy efficient lighting will also be installed. $300,000.00
Parks Fulmer Creek GreenPlain - Floodplain Restoration and Main Street Park 67307 Mohawk Valley Village of Mohawk Fulmer Creek GreenPlain - Floodplain Restoration and Main Street Park The Fulmer GreenPlain is a design and construction project to restore the natural floodplain and floodplain processes along approximately 1.3 miles of the Fulmer Creek corridor. This phase of the project will build upon land being acquired by the Village from the FEMA buyout program by acquiring additional parcels and easements needed to restore the stream channel and floodplain bench along a nearly 1/2 mile stretch of Fulmer Creek.  $112,500.00
Parks Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel Restoration 2016 63601 Finger Lakes Canandaigua Cemetery Association Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel Restoration 2016 The Canandaigua Cemetery Association owns and operates Woodlawn Cemetery in Canandaigua. The proposed project is the restoration of a 160-seat chapel at Woodlawn Cemetery, which was placed on the State and National Register of Historic Places in 2014. The Woodlawn Chapel is considered the jewel of the historic Canandaigua community and it must be restored immediately or the structure will be lost forever. $314,200.00
Parks D&H Rail Trail Corridor 64950 Capital District Town of Granville D&H Rail Trail Corridor The Town of Granville will complete a feasibility study and preliminary concepts for the gaps of the D&H Rail Trail in New York, a nearly 16 mile intermunicipal and interstate rail trail in the Town and Village of Granville and the Town of Salem, linking to Vermont?s existing 20+ mile D&H Rail Trail. The resulting trail network will connect New York and Vermont communities, provide alternative transportation and healthy recreation opportunities, and support economic development and tourism. $22,500.00 Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 20:00
Parks Kingston Point Rail Trail Enhancements 65737 Mid-Hudson City of Kingston Kingston Point Rail Trail Enhancements The City of Kingston will construct 4 trailheads on 1.5 miles of former railroad linear right of way in the City.  The project will also include surfacing of 1,000 feet of rail trail, which will bring the end point of the trail to the waterfront next to the Trolley Museum on East Strand Street. $500,000.00
Parks Dennings Point Renovation 67330 Mid-Hudson The Beacon Institute, Inc. Dennings Point Renovation The Beacon Institute will transform part of an abandoned factory building into a multi-purpose public asset, including vehicle parking and a picnic pavilion. The shoreline adjacent to the pavilion will also be restored and stabilized. The industrial building's roof will be converted into a solar photovoltaic array. The park's shoreline trail will also be upgraded and new interpretive signage will enhance the public?s understanding of the park's wildlife habitats. $500,000.00
Parks Downtown Jamestown Winter Garden Plaza Phase II 63629 Western New York Jamestown Renaissance Corporation Downtown Jamestown Winter Garden Plaza Phase II After 20 years of abandonment and decay in downtown Jamestown, the Winter Garden Theater was demolished in 2010 and replaced with a park in 2011. Winter Garden Plaza Phase II, will complete the build-out of the plaza and will include a fabric-covered tensile structure, landscaping, benches and bike racks. $111,297.00
Parks Caneadea Park Improvements 64995 Western New York Town of Canaedea Caneadea Park Improvements The Town of Caneadea, located in northwest Allegany County will develop the newly acquired property previously owned by Houghton College and turn the property into a viable Town Park. The 20-acre parcel of property now known as Caneadea Town Park extends along New York State Route 19 on the bank of the Genesee River. This plan will incorporate an entry sign, a trail system, picnic tables, grills, ADA compliant playground equipment and landscaping. $107,654.00
Parks The Coltrane Home - Restoring the Home of an American Jazz Great 65965 Long Island Friends of The Coltrane Home The Coltrane Home - Restoring the Home of an American Jazz Great Restoration will enable the John and Alice Coltrane Home to be opened as an historical museum providing cultural enrichment through visitation, programming/workshops, digital education, research (on-site digital archives) and access to an extensive collection of Coltrane ephemera. $172,750.00
Parks Rebuild Bullard Park Project 67419 Finger Lakes Village of Albion Rebuild Bullard Park Project Bullard Park is a 26 acre Village-owned public park located only one block south of the Erie Canal. Bullard Park contains three picnic shelters, two baseball diamonds, a large children?s playground, a basketball court, a hard surface skateboarding area, a sledding hill, and restroom facilities. By renewing Bullard Park, the entire population of Albion will once again have a center piece for community functions and a public setting to enjoy the summer months. $499,605.00
Parks Bay Floor and Basement Improvements 63734 Southern Tier West Endicott Fire District Bay Floor and Basement Improvements This project will restore the front three-story porch brick masonry pier repairs on the West Endicott Fire House built by Endicott-Johnson. In addition, repairs will be made to the deteriorated fire truck bay floors/structure and deteriorated front porch piers. There is overwhelming support for saving this building as it is a vital part of the local community for emergency response and community gathering place. $210,431.00
Parks Town of Ulysses land conservation 65030 Southern Tier Town of Ulysses Town of Ulysses land conservation This project will purchase a 32 acre parcel of wetlands, mature forest, and stream access for preservation of critical natural habitats. Funding will be used for flood prevention and water quality protection of Trumansburg Creek and Cayuga Lake. This will provide recreational opportunities for all residents, including those in the low income housing living adjacent to the property. $57,205.00
Parks Wayfinding Signage 65969 Western New York Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation Wayfinding Signage This project targets improvements to streetscape identity and wayfinding by updating vehicular directional signage along the primary approach paths, replacing primary identification signage along the main thoroughfares, replacing route markers in critical convergence areas, and creating pedestrian orientation and directional elements in primary areas of pedestrian circulation and gathering points. $174,000.00
Parks Livingston Manor Riverwalk 67421 Mid-Hudson Town of Rockland Livingston Manor Riverwalk The Town of Rockland will build the Livingston Manor Riverwalk which will parallel Main Street and connect to Renaissance Park.  The Riverwalk will exist as a township managed easement across 6 privately owned parcels and 1 township owned parcel.  The project will also include streambank restoration. $305,000.00
Parks Shaw Bridge Restoration 63876 Capital District Town of Claverack Shaw Bridge Restoration The internationally renowned Shaw Bridge, which crosses Claverack Creek (a Hudson River tributary) on Van Wyck Lane, will be restored to its original 1870 appearance, but as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. Once restored, the bridge with interpretive signage and kiosk will serve as the hub to a walking/biking loop for young and old that will course through the historic hamlet and the countryside, spurring other countywide heritage and agricultural tourism. $170,000.00
Parks Rehabilitation of Historic Nugent Carriage House 65189 Long Island Village of Southampton Rehabilitation of Historic Nugent Carriage House Exterior restoration to the Nugent Carriage House will be completed so that it can continue to be included in the interpretive program of the Southampton Historical Museum?s Rogers Mansion Complex. $210,000.00
Parks Dr. Oliver Bronson House Phase III Restoration 66023 Capital District Historic Hudson, Inc. Dr. Oliver Bronson House Phase III Restoration Historic Hudson, Inc. will continue to restore the Dr. Oliver Bronson House and Estate for public benefit. The Phase III project is transformative, completing the exterior stabilization to secure the building envelope, and starting construction to occupy the house for adaptive reuse.  $487,500.00
Parks Gould Memorial Library Dome Restoration 67487 New York City Research Foundation/CUNY on behalf of Bronx Community College Gould Memorial Library Dome Restoration Gould Memorial Library (GML) is located at Bronx Community College. GML is a 19th century masterpiece of Stanford White, originally built as part of NYU's first campus. The project would pay for an increase in budget costs for the existing restoration work for the oculus and copper roof, which is funded in part by $600,000 from OPRHP in 2010. $500,000.00

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