Over $28 million has been announced for recreation and historic preservation projects throughout New York State and three Ontario County projects are getting a share of the funding. Governor Kathy Hochul made the announcement Wednesday.
“These initiatives plant new seeds for growth, helping communities across New York State realize new potential whether that means attracting new visitors, solidifying important landmarks or new investment,” Governor Hochul said. “The Regional Economic Development Councils are committed to growth, restoration and economic viability.”
$481,592 will go to restoration work at the 1816 Farmington Quaker Meeting House. The meeting house will be used as an interpretive center to highlight the Finger Lakes’ impact on national equal rights movements and increase area tourism.
Ontario County will receive $500,000 to make improvements to Deep Run Park. With a focus on ADA compliance, improvements will include the addition of a paddle point and the construction of a multi-use building with restrooms and a picnic pavilion. Green infrastructure and sidewalk improvements will be done as well. Deep Run Park is one of only nine public access parks on Canandaigua Lake.
The City of Geneva will use its $180,000 for the Geneva Trail Project. The project will take place along the elevated section of the former Lehigh Rail Line. At Doran Ave, a prefabricated pedestrian bridge will be installed.
Funding for these projects comes from Round XIII of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative. Earlier this week, Hochul announced other REDC projects throughout the Empire State, including many in the Finger Lakes.