Park News from Around the State

Saratoga Spa spring spouts again

A $250,000 upgrade to the geyser area of Saratoga Spa State Park means that the only spouting geyser east of the Mississippi, which a year ago was barely a trickle due to built-up mineral deposits, is again a major tourist attraction.  The renovation was made possible through a public-private partnership.

“We are so appreciative to our community leaders who stepped forward to restore some of our springs to celebrate the park’s 100th Anniversary,” said Heather Mabee, Chair of the Saratoga-Capital Park Commission which spearheaded the fundraising effort.

A National Historic Landmark, the 2,200-acre Saratoga Spa State Park attracts nearly 2 million visitors a year.

Read more.

Congrats to NYS Historic Preservation Director for national award

Ruth Pierpont, head of State Park’s Historic Preservation Office, received a national leadership award from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar. Ruth not only manages the Preservation Office but oversees 37  state historic sites and cultural activities at 180 state parks.

Read the Dept. of Interior’s press release.

Master planning process kicks off at Hudson Valley park and historic site cluster

A preliminary meeting to help define a long-term vision for Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park and adjoining   Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park, plus Staatsburgh State Historic Site took place June 2.   Comments will be accepted until July 1 and may be sent via email .  An information packet is available on the parks website.

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