Early last week, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced a $4.5 million investment to improve facilities at a popular Southern Tier swimming hole.

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According to the press release, Stony Brook State Park will receive a $4.5 million investment to build a new modern bathhouse and lifeguard office. The investment will also go towards a new playground, renewed footpaths, wayfinding signage and an area for a food truck for special events. The work is scheduled to begin this fall and will run through the off-season and into the 2023 operating season.

In the press release, Governor Hochul stated "The breathtaking scenery at Stony Brook State Park has been attracting New Yorkers for nearly a century, and I am proud to make this $4.5 million investment that will enhance its facilities. New York's State Parks are an anchor of our state's tourism economy and are the gateways to the stunning natural beauty New York has to offer, and we will continue to invest in our parks system to ensure they will be enjoyed by all for generations to come."

The 1,700-square-foot bathhouse will provide more modern and accessible amenities and the new lifeguarding building will enhance safety and response time for emergencies. The buildings will also be designed to better complement the park.

"I am grateful to Governor Hochul for supporting this much needed investment in Stony Brook State Park," said New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. "New York State continues to build parks that offer world-class facilities and experiences across the state. I encourage our visitors to explore the many attractions found throughout the region.

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