First Phase of Power Authority Sponsored Recreation Renovations Near Completion

Michael Saltzman

April 1, 2005


WHITE PLAINS – The first phase of improvements to recreation facilities in Lisbon, Waddington and Massena are scheduled for completion later this spring, opening in time for the summer tourism season.

“Renovations to these popular riverside sites will improve summer recreation activities for residents and tourists alike,” said Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman of the New York Power Authority. “They are the tangible results of negotiations held during the recently completed relicensing of the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project in Massena.”

Improvements scheduled to be completed include:

Town of Massena: Complete refurbishment of the Town Beach bathhouse including new men’s and women’s restrooms compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA) regulations, new lighting, new alarm system, new lighting fixtures, painting, staining and other refurbishment. Also a new playground, new signage, a new sanitary treatment and septic system, a rehabilitated beach area and a renovated and repaved parking area are included in the work. A variety of other, smaller tasks are also scheduled to be completed.

Town and Village of Waddington:  At Whittaker Park, rehabilitation of recreation fields, playground and tennis court fencing,  installation of ADA-compliant playground equipment and toilet facilities, new boat launch with parking and toilet facilities, new floating dock and other amenities.

At Waddington Town Beach, replace bathhouse, concession building and picnic shelter with ADA-compliant facilities, rehabilitate beach with additional sand and replace floating swim platform and playground. Provide ADA compliant paved access to other park features and buildings and connection to utilities. Also provide a new floating dock with provision for future expansion and signage and other small improvements.

Town of Lisbon improvements include a rehabilitated boat launch and floating docks, a new floating breakwater, an upgraded water supply at the original bathhouse and an additional 30 electrified campsites – including four compliant with ADA – with associated roadways and parking areas. In addition, a new recreational vehicle dump station is being built, tying in the original bathhouse to the new septic system and finishing the sanitary system leach field.

Phase two improvements in Massena and Waddington and improvements in Louisville will begin this May and are scheduled for completion between May and the spring of 2007.