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Fillmore Glen to Explore Replacing Stone Staircase


Thousands of dollars in state grant funding is coming to support one Cayuga County park.

Friends of Fillmore Glen State Park will receive 4-thousand dollars to hire a consulting firm to evaluate the park’s original stone staircase and design replacement options for the stairs which provide access to certain locations within the park.

The funding for the park in the south of the county comes as part of a 1.8-million dollar grants package to support 28 not-for-profits across the state involved with parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands.

“We are proud to support the work of the incredible grassroots partner organizations that elevates the stewardship and programming of our state parks, historic sites, trails and public lands,” Governor Hochul said. “With the largest investment in the Park and Trail Partnership Grants program history, New York State is sending a message that we are deeply committed to protecting and funding our public lands as we continue to embark on nation-leading climate resiliency initiatives.”

New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “State Parks is so fortunate to have incredible partners in Governor Hochul, Parks & Trails New York, and the countless friends groups and volunteers who help ensure the success of our offerings to the public. I look forward to seeing how this historic investment of $1.8 million will help more New Yorkers access and connect with our phenomenal natural and historic resources.”

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, “The natural beauty and character of New York’s lands draws millions of visitors each year and the support of our stewardship partners is critical to the ongoing needs to maintain and preserve these areas, as well as facilities like environmental education centers. Today’s significant grant funding acknowledges the critical roles these partners play at DEC and other public resources and we are grateful for Governor Hochul’s continued investments to help provide essential services to make the outdoors accessible for visitors to enjoy now and into the future.”

Parks & Trails New York Executive Director Paul Steely White said, “These grants are like rich organic fertilizer for growing the grassroots movement to improve New York’s parks, trails, historic sites, and public lands. Accessible kayak launches, bridge repairs, strategic planning and youth education are just a few examples of the newly funded projects that will bring more nature and more joy to more New Yorkers.”


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