A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday at the new main entrance to Watkins Glen State Park.
The 6.5-MILLION dollar project converted a decrepit parking lot at the base of the gorge into green space, creating new park amenities and relocated a parking area away from the gorge and across Franklin Street.
The old asphalt parking lot was transformed into a more natural landscaped park setting, including:
A new visitor welcome center offering information about the park and other attractions in the region;
A small outdoor amphitheater and improved educational displays on the park’s human history and natural and geologic features, including a touchable model of the gorge;
A new viewing area where people unable to hike the gorge will be able to enjoy a dramatic waterfall;
Renovation and expansion of the existing concession building with expanded Taste of NY offerings including local wines and craft beverages and locally sourced ingredients in the new café area; and
Renovation of public restrooms.