Governor Kathy Hochul today announced construction has begun on a $2.5 million resiliency project awarded to the Town of Yates, Orleans County, as part of New York State's Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative.
The Yates Town Park serves as the only public recreation space with direct access to Lake Ontario, with over one acre of open space for recreation, including a pavilion and picnic area. The park is a popular destination for both residents and visitors of the Town. During the historic flooding of 2019, the park experienced substantial erosion along the shoreline. The recreational space was inundated with water due to poor run off conditions, posing safety risks for park goers and inhibiting use of the park. The resiliency work to be undertaken will stabilize the shoreline, mitigate future flooding, and ensure continued access to Yates Town Park during high water events. The park will close to the public on October 18 and remain closed for the duration of the construction.
"Through REDI, New York State is continuing its promise to the Lake Ontario shoreline communities in assisting in their fight against the effects of climate change,"
Governor Hochul said.
"Ensuring our infrastructure is strong and reliable, and our shorelines are fortified is vital in protecting our residents, as well as safeguarding the economies of shoreline communities. The Town of Yates Park expansion project will do just that, as well as increase the recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors to the town."
Resiliency measures and park improvements to be implemented in this project include:
Upgrades to the parks drainage and storm water management systems to resolve the serious drainage and ponding challenges;
Shoreline stabilization at the boat launch;
Installation of a cartop boat launch;
Construction of an ADA compliant fishing/water access pier;
Installation of new playground equipment, a walking trail, new pavilion, and bathroom facilities;
Expansion of the park's parking area; and
Improvements to landscaping and greenspace.
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New York Pressroom
October 18, 2021