NYPA Press Release

NYPA Announces Completion of New Parks Administration Building at Robert Moses State Park in Massena

For Immediate Release: 04/29/22

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MASSENA – The New York Power Authority (NYPA) today announced the completion of a new administration building in Robert Moses State Park for use by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and New York State Park Police. The new facility, located adjacent to the NYPA’s Eugene L. Nicandri Nature Center on Robinson Bay Road, will serve as State Parks’ operations center for Robert Moses State Park. NYPA senior leadership joined State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid at a ceremony to unveil the building today and planted a tree at the building’s entrance in celebration of Arbor Day.


Eugene L. Nicandri, NYPA vice-chairman and Massena resident, said, “We are pleased to announce the completed construction of this critical Parks and Recreation facility in the North Country. The Robert Moses State Park is a gem, not only for those from the area, but for visitors from throughout the state and abroad. This new building will be of great use to help maintain and enhance the park for years to come.”


“This new North Country facility will help Parks employees better serve visitors looking to take in the natural beauty of the St. Lawrence River,” said NYPA Interim President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll. “The completion of this new building is another example of NYPA’s enduring relationships with Parks, the local community, and the people of New York State, and a tribute to the natural beauty of the North Country.”


The 6,700 square foot facility—which will serve as the operations center for the Robert Moses State Park—includes offices, locker rooms and showers for use by Parks staff among other amenities. The facility shares similar Mid-Century Modern design principles with the Nicandri Nature Center. In 2017, NYPA celebrated the opening of the Nicandri Nature Center, a public visitors center with miles of public outdoor space and surrounding trails that replaces a similar facility destroyed in a 2010 fire.


State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “I’m grateful for the partnership with the New York Power Authority on the continued revitalization of Robert Moses State Park in the Thousand Islands. The park is a vibrant, year-round destination, and our visitors will benefit tremendously from the enhanced operational and law enforcement capability the new facility will provide.”


In addition to the new administration building, NYPA financed and oversaw the construction of a 5,900 square foot maintenance facility that includes three garage bays, a carpenter shop, multiple storage rooms, and one vehicle lift. The maintenance garage has been in operation since January 2021.


Con Tech Building Systems, Inc. of Gouverneur, New York was awarded the construction contract in 2019.


In February, NYPA announced the completed construction of a new Department of Environmental Conservation Field Office, located at 18 Wilson Hill Causeway in Louisville in Wilson Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA).


Both Robert Moses State Park and the Wilson Hill WMA fall under the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s License for the operation of NYPA’s St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project. In accordance with the License, NYPA has invested millions of dollars on public amenities and the environment along the St. Lawrence River. In 2021, more than 114,000 visitors enjoyed the recreational and sight-seeing amenities of Robert Moses State Park.



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