November 3, 2016 — A successful
public-private campaign to revitalize the Canopus Lake Beach Complex at
Fahnestock State Park will be celebrated at a community open house on Sunday, November
The project was jointly funded by
the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the Open Space
Institute, the Taconic Regional Commission of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation, and the Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks.
Over the past two years, the campaign raised $1.25 million in grants and
private funding towards the $2 million project to improve and update run-down
public facilities. The campaign has led to improvements at the park’s beloved swimming
beach and “Winter Park” areas, including entrance and terrace spaces, the café,
the ski and snowshoe rental area and year-round restrooms.
$850,000 of the $1.25 million came
through private donations, while the remaining $400,000 was secured from a New
York State Environmental Protection Fund grant awarded through Governor Andrew
Cuomo’s Hudson Valley Regional Economic Development Council.
renovations to the main courtyard, café space and winter recreation area come a
year after the opening of a newly improved and winterized public bathhouse, and
updated lifeguard facilities. All facets of the projects improved the
facilities’ energy and water efficiencies at the site.
Future plans for the park include
improving trailheads along Route 301, naturalizing the swimming beach and
trails and pathways in the Canopus area, improving sustainability features,
installing a fully accessible fishing pier, and enhancing recreational and play
opportunities at the park.
“The improvements at Fahnestock
State Park are a great example of how public dollars can leverage private
funding to improve parks and recreational facilities in our communities. I’m
grateful to OSI Lucy Waletzky and the Taconic Regional Commission; and the
Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks for their commitment to this
exciting project,” said New York State Parks Recreation and Historic
Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey.
“The Open Space Institute has a
long track record in preserving the treasured and irreplaceable landscapes of
the Hudson Highlands, with an emphasis on building state parks. This commitment
to these wonderful public spaces is helping to improve overall access and
recreational enjoyment, with the goal of building the next generation of
environmental stewards,” said Kim Elliman, OSI’s president and CEO.
“I am proud
of the partnership that came together to improve the visitor experience here at
Fahnestock, especially as we create a more comfortable four-season experience
for all who love this park.” said Dr. Lucy Waletzky, chair of the New York State
Council of Parks and the Taconic Regional Commission. “With winter approaching,
we expect the new café and cross-country ski rental area to be particularly
popular, as skiers of all levels head out to enjoy the lovely trails just steps
from the new facility.”
“With more than 300,000 visitors a
year – including swimmers, hikers, campers, cross country skiers, snow shoers
and bird enthusiasts, the improvements we celebrate today will have a terrific
impact on a wide range of park visitors throughout the year,” said Katrina
Shindledecker, president of the Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands
“Public-private partnerships such
as this are what make it possible to continue operating our parks and serving
the public,” said Linda Cooper, Regional Director of New York State Parks Taconic
Region. “We look forward to welcoming visitors to this fantastic facility,
whether they’re coming to the beach in the summer, hitting the cross country
ski trails in the winter, or just passing through on a hike. Bravo to OSI, our
regional commission and all donors who have demonstrated their dedicated
stewardship of Fahnestock State Park.”Less than an hour from New York City,
Fahnestock State Park offers more than 14,000 acres of protected forests, lakes
and streams. The park’s original 2,400 acres were donated in 1929 by Dr.
Earnest Fahnestock as a memorial to his brother Clarence.
For decades the Open Space
Institute has recognized New York’s Hudson Highlands as a priority landscape.
Through multiple large-scale acquisitions, the Open Space Institute has added
nearly 7,000 acres to Fahnestock State Park.
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