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State Funds Will Fix Up Playgrounds at Montauk Parks

Governor's New York Works initiative sets aside $1.35 million for state parks on Long Island.

Two Montauk State Parks will be getting upgrades on the playground thanks to $1.35 million allocated to state parks from the Governor's New York Works initiative.

“It is important that children have a safe and engaging place to play, and
these NY Works projects will give them just that in State Parks across New
York,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo in a statement on Thursday. “The numbers tell the story of more and more people visiting the parks, and I encourage everyone to visit these new and improved areas inside the state parks as well as the beauty that New York has to offer.”

Hither Hills State Park will see improvements made to the existing playground. A “Sea and Sand” theme will be created, including a dolphin spring ride and sea creature inlays in the rubberized surface, according to the governor's statement.

Montauk Point State Park's playground will also be improved. A “Surf and Tides” theme will also be created. There will be a ship’s bow play feature
and functional telescope, the statement said.

Construction is expected to take place in the off-season, so that they are ready for next spring.

In the statement, Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., I-Sag Harbor, said the move was important for tourism. “The continued success of this industry, including the many jobs its supports, depends on the State’s continued investment in our park infrastructure. The allocation of $2.6 million for park infrastructure from Governor Cuomo’s New York Work’s initiative, including Hither Hills State Park and Montauk Point State Park, will insure that New York State’s park system continues to be the nation’s best.”

Senator Kenneth LaValle, R-Port Jefferson, said, "I am pleased that the State is investing in our local parks which so many families have come to enjoy over the years. These new upgrades will make playgrounds at our premier state parks, safer and more engaging for children of all ages."

Other state parks that will see improvement include Orient Beach in Orient, Brentwood State Park, Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, and Heckscher State Park in East Islip, and Hempstead Lake State Park in West Hempstead, Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, and Valley Stream State Park.

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