Power Authority to Host Public Meeting on Draft
Construction Design for Reservoir State Park
October 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LEWISTON—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will
host a public meeting on Oct. 13, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the
Niagara Power Project to discuss the ongoing design for the
rehabilitation of Reservoir State Park. The planned work comes as a
result of a settlement agreement related to the relicensing of the
Niagara project in 2007 and is being done in cooperation with New
York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (OPRHP).
The meeting will be an opportunity for the
community to view the concept design, make comments and ask
questions about the improvements. Construction is scheduled to begin
in late 2010.
As a part of a settlement agreement associated with
the new federal license for the Niagara project, NYPA agreed to
establish a fund in the amount of $9.26 million to be used for
capital improvements by OPRHP at different locations in the area.
Reservoir State Park was allotted more than $3.7 million of the
funding, with the planned improvements approved by the Federal
Energy Regulatory Commission.
The park improvements include restoration of
greenspace, rehabilitation of the maintenance building, construction
of a winter pavilion and comfort station, expansion of the existing
basketball courts, upgrade of the tennis courts, rehabilitation of
existing baseball diamonds, including mast lighting of one diamond,
and expansion of the parking lots.
Reservoir State Park is a 133-acre park that is
located at the base of the Lewiston Reservoir and lies within the
licensed boundary of the Niagara project on NYPA-owned land. The
park is operated and maintained by OPRHP.
NYPA and OPRHP have indicated that the improvements
at Reservoir State Park should be completed by the end of 2011.
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bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of
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facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400
circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ About 75 percent
of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower. ■ Its
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