$1 Million State Grant Slated For Hither Hills Park In Montauk

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New York State has earmarked $1 million for facility upgrades at Hither Hills State Park in Montauk. Slated improvements include the construction of new restrooms near a picnic area adjacent the popular campgrounds.

The state announced the appropriation of funding for the campgrounds this week as part of a $72 million parks and recreation facilities revitalization and rehabilitation projects program known as NY Parks 2020.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has pledged to dedicate some $900 million to state parks by 2020. The 2015-16 state budget includes $110 million for parks, according to a release from the governors office.

Exactly what all the $1 million will go to at Hither Hills is still being worked out by managers, but much of the funding will go to the new bathroom facilities at the picnic area, which is directly east of the 168-site campgrounds.

Hither Hills State Park, established in 1924, is the state’s busiest campgrounds with official attendance of more than 425,000 visitors in 2014, up from 337,000 just two years earlier.

The park comprises more than 1,750 acres of beach, dunes, wetlands and woodlands stretching from the Atlantic to the shoreline of Gardiners Bay, and includes 2 miles of oceanfront and a 40-acre freshwater pond.

The state is nearing completion of an extensive renovation of the main shower and bathroom stations just inside the campground’s entrance off Old Montauk Highway. The renovated comfort station will include 10 showers, a family bathroom, and radiant heating systems. It is expected to be completed by Memorial Day.

The new bathrooms at the picnic area will be ready for the summer of 2016.

MICHAEL WRIGHT

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