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The New York Power Authority is reminding us of its free recreational facilities around the state. Talk about combining a safe road trip with an in-state “staycation” experience that includes beautiful scenic hiking trails, camping, fishing, boating, picnicking, swimming and fun activities for the entire family.

 

“After months indoors, New Yorkers are looking for opportunities to safely recreate near home, and the good news is that summer vacations are still possible and affordable by visiting one of NYPA’s free recreation facilities,” said NYPA president and CEO Gil C. Quiniones. “For families looking for healthy, safe activities, closer to home, a New York ‘staycation’ is, literally, just what the doctored ordered.”

The opportunities are statewide, from visits all the way to Niagara, as well as beaches in the Adirondacks, St. Lawrence and Thousand Islands areas and, much closer to the Hudson Valley, the beautiful and lesser-traveled Schoharie Valley, located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains.

Among the latter’s resources are a NYPA Visitors Center and historic Lansing Manor site in North Blenheim, a nearby Pumped Storage Power Project reservoir at the top of a mountain ridge, Minekill State Park’s Olympic-sized swimming pool, dive tank and kiddies pool, and other areas with picnic spots, fishing access, and even nearby camping facilities. All in a valley filled with fresh, healthy produce.

These recreation facilities owned and developed by NYPA – with some managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (NYS Parks), were developed as part of the federal licenses issued to NYPA by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the construction and operation of the Niagara Power Project, the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project and the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project in Lewiston, Massena and Gilboa, respectively.

 

All sites are following New York State guidelines for prevention of COVID-19, with reduced capacity, social distancing and mask requirements, and plenty of hand sanitizer stations.

Talk about some cool, safe getaways!




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