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Power Authority And State Parks Dept. Receive Award For Improvements At Robert Moses State Park Beach

Paul DeMichele, NYPA
Dan Keefe, Parks

December 1, 2010

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CANASTOTA—Representatives from the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation were the recipients of an award for work done by the organizations to rehabilitate the Robert Moses State Park Beach Area Complex. The project was selected by the Central New York Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) to receive the 2010 Structures/Facilities Project of the Year Award for initiatives of more than $1 million.

Work at the location included a new bathhouse, the renovation of the former bathhouse into a camper registration building, a new concrete curb along the entrance drive, stripping of the existing parking area, installation ramps for the disabled, resurfacing of the existing asphalt sidewalks, replacement of the historic trellis walkways parallel to the beach, and installation of various drainage systems for storm water and sanitary sewer.

The award was accepted on behalf of the organizations by Steve Ramsey, community relations manager, NYPA, and Brian Thomas, capital facilities manager, New York State Parks, at the APWA Annual Fall Banquet, held at the Rusty Rail in Canastota on Nov. 18.

North Country contractors used during the project include: Fiacco and Riley, from Norwood as the general contractor; Continental Construction, of Gouverneur, to perform the plumbing work; Collins Hammond located in Ogdensburg as the electrical contractor; and Hoover Heating and Cooling from Redwood to perform HVAC work.

In October 2003, the Power Authority received a 50-year federal license for the St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project, leading to a host of new economic, environmental and recreational benefits to the region stemming from various agreements. Since that time, NYPA trustees have authorized expenditures totaling about $170 million—including the rehabilitation costs for Robert Moses State Park and Coles Creek State Park, an 1,800-acre park in Waddington and Louisville—to fulfill the terms of the new license.  The Power Authority is investing over $7 million in the restoration and improvement of Robert Moses State Park.

Robert Moses State Park, located in the Town of Massena, is one of the St. Lawrence-FDR Project’s recreation facilities operated by OPRHP. At 2,300 acres, the park includes the Barnhart Island Marina and Boat Basin, with slips for 66 boats, a boat launch ramp and a place to rent power boats and canoes. Robert Moses State Park has ample camping opportunities for tents, trailers, recreational vehicles and 15 fully-outfitted cabins available for rent. The facilities renovated for this project are near the park's riverfront beach complex.

The Central New York Branch of APWA represents the countries, cities, towns and villages within a ten county area on Central New York. Membership consists of a wide range of public works leads, including elected officials; municipal employees; consulting engineers; suppliers of public work materials, equipment and services; and other individuals committed to excellence in the public works field.

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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