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N.Y. Power Authority and Louisville Town Officials Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Improvements at Whalen Park

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Karen White
315-764-0226, ext. 304
karen.white@nypa.gov

August 17, 2007

For Immediate Release

LOUISVILLE—New York Power Authority (NYPA) representatives joined Louisville Town officials at a ribbon-cutting ceremony showcasing the new recreation facilities at Whalen Park on Friday.

“I am pleased to see so many community members enjoying the enhancements made at Whalen Park and other area recreational facilities that resulted from the relicensing of the Power Authority’s St. Lawrence project,” said Rick Turner, regional manager, Northern New York, NYPA.

The Whalen Park improvements were funded by the Power Authority as part of the new federal license for its St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project in Massena.

The improvements include a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and new paved trails including a scenic route along the St. Lawrence River from Whalen Park to the Massena Country Club with kiosks displaying information on nearby facilities.  There are new walkways and parking lots.  A picnic area and a floating dock for four to six boats were added to Sand Island.   A new monument sign was installed at the park entrance and playground equipment was replaced.

Improvements to the park’s bathhouse resulted when NYPA conducted an in-depth investigation on the condition of the bathhouse after flaws were discovered. The investigation revealed the lack of foundation drainage. The area under the bathhouse was collecting and holding groundwater with no means to escape. 

NYPA, with the cooperation of the Town, agreed to reconstruct the bathhouse, install handicapped-accessible toilets and fixtures, replace the concrete pier caps for the pavilion, and install a hydraulic outlet for ground water.  The bathhouse mechanical and plumbing systems were upgraded. It now uses municipal water, brought from the Town’s main lines.

The improvements at Whalen Park were performed as part of a $1.9 million contract to Perras Excavating, Inc., Massena, which also included work at public recreational sites in Massena, Waddington and other sites in Louisville. 

C&S Engineers, Inc., of Syracuse, was the design engineer for the Whalen Park project with Bernier, Carr and Associates, from Watertown, providing the construction management services. J. E. Sheehan Corporation, located in Potsdam, performed the work on the bathhouse.

 About NYPA:

■    NYPA 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-owned electric utility, with 18 generating facilities in various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines.

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