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Officials unveil $2.5M upgrades at Fair Haven Beach State Park

On Tuesday, officials cut the ribbon on ‘phase one’ of resiliency upgrades at Fair Haven Beach State Park in Cayuga County.

The project, which is helped by the Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, is restoring many areas of the park.

“We launched the REDI program not only to rebuild, but build back better and stronger after shoreline communities were devastated by two ‘100-year floods’ within three years along Lake Ontario. This is a necessary State investment that will help to protect New Yorkers’ homes and businesses, as our work is repairing damage from the past while improving our resiliency against the inevitable flooding and extreme weather events of the future,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

The $2.5 million Phase One project did the following:

  • Elevated parking lot by two feet to make it more resilient to future high water; provided enhancements for adjacent natural dune creation and habitat formation
  • Installed improved drainage system and repaved parking area
  • Replaced existing water service during construction
  • Expanded East Beach parking area; resulted in increased parking at park