Allegany Lands $420K EDC Grant

SALAMANCA – Part of the $5.6 million in awards handed out across New York state will go to help campers realize the best of both worlds while camping in Allegany State Park. The project is a top priority of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.

ASP Partners, LLC, a group that was formed in 2012 as a response to a request for proposals from the New York State Department of Parks Recreation and Historical Preservation to upgrade and develop Allegany State Park lodging, will receive $420,000 to build 28 new cabins that officials are calling higher-end. The grant funds will be a reimbursement of construction costs for the company.

Though complete details are not available, the cabins are expected to be fully equipped to better meet the demands of visitors. Allegany State Park boasts 1.5 million visitors annually. The park is the largest in New York state, encompassing 65,000 acres. Along with the 300 campsites and 350 cabins that are available for rent on the grounds of the park, visitors also have many miles of hiking trails, picnicking areas, playgrounds and a museum that shows off the Civilian Conservation Corps project that created the park, as well as the natural history and wildlife visitors will encounter.

The $2.1 million project is part of the 10-year plan for the park, according to officials. The project has been identified as a priority project, focusing on areas such as defining development strategies for promoting tourism, attracting young adults to Western New York and increasing employment in the region.