NYPA’s Hawkins Point Visitors Center Moves To Extended Summer Hours

Karen White
315-764-0226, Ext. 304

May 27, 2010


MASSENA – The New York Power Authority’s Frank S. McCullough, Jr. Hawkins Point Visitors Center and Boat Launch will begin operating on its summer schedule just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  Beginning Thursday, May 27, the visitors center will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The visitors center offers many exciting hands-on exhibits on energy, electricity, history and the environment. You can hop on a bicycle generator and turn pedal power into electricity or have a hair-raising experience with static electricity using our Van de Graaff generator. Our audiovisual terrain map charts the course of the mighty St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg to Massena. A community room is also available for public use.

Last year NYPA welcomed more than 18,000 visitors to the Hawkins Point facility. Several special events will be held at the visitors center throughout the summer. On July 24, NYPA will be sponsoring a Classic Car and Antique Truck Cruise-In.

The visitors center will again host its “Beat the Heat” summer campaign with a full day of  free movies every Tuesday from June 29 through August. 31.  Family-friendly films will be shown at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the visitors center’s auditorium. In addition, throughout the year, NYPA offers Friday matinees at 1:30 p.m. featuring contemporary and classic films.  These events are free of charge and open to the public.

Movie schedules and information on other visitors center events can be found at www.nypa.gov/vc/stlaw.htm.  For more information or to book a tour, please call 315-764-0226 ext 302.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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