Stony Brook State Park to begin $4.5 million in upgrades and new construction
Start of construction of the new public bath and lifeguard station
Improvements include more modern and accessible bathhouses, lifeguards quarters and a first aid station
Governor Kathy Hochul announced today that construction will begin this fall as part of a project to improve public facilities adjacent to the swimming area at Stony Brook State Park in Dansville. A new, modern bathhouse and lifeguard office will be the centerpiece of a $4.5 million investment in a park that’s a popular summer destination for New York families.
“The breathtaking scenery of Stony Brook State Park has drawn New Yorkers for nearly a century, and I’m proud to make this $4.5 million investment that will enhance its facilities,” Governor Hochul said. “New York State Parks are an anchor of our state’s tourism economy and are gateways to the stunning natural beauty that New York has to offer, and we will continue to invest in our park system to ensure they will be enjoyed by all for generations to come.”
The new 1,700 square foot bathhouse will offer more modern and accessible changing rooms, showers and restrooms. It will replace an outdated public bath from the 1960s that does not fit well with the aesthetics of the park. A second 750 square foot building will serve as the lifeguards’ headquarters, with a first aid area and small office space. The new lifeguard building will improve safety by providing faster response and more visibility in the bathing area.
Finished with plank and batten timber siding with standing seam roofs and skylights, the buildings complement other Civilian Conservation Corp structures in the park and enhance the overall bathing experience in the park. The buildings were designed by Beardsley Architects and Engineers.
Site improvements will include a new playground, renewed pathways and wayfinding signage, and an area for a food truck for special events. The project will help improve accessibility and reduce foot traffic in the busy area of the park. The work will take place during the off-season and will continue during the 2023 operating season.
Erik, New York State Parks Commissioner Kulleseid said“I am grateful to Governor Hochul for supporting this much-needed investment in Stony Brook State Park. New York State continues to build parks that provide world-class facilities and experiences across the State I encourage our visitors to explore the many attractions found throughout the region.
State Senator Tom O’Mara said, “The construction of this new bathhouse and lookout post celebrates a fantastic and impressive addition to one of the great state parks in our area and New York City. The state’s continued investments to continuously improve an unparalleled network of parks and trails will continue to strengthen these attractions and attract tourists and visitors to benefit so many local communities and economies.
Member of the Assembly Marjorie Byrnes said“Stony Brook State Park is a beautiful place where our families can gather, enjoy nature, and cool off during the summer months. Investing in our state parks will ensure that these natural recreation areas are there for generations to come.
Stony Brook State Park offers 88 campgrounds, swimming, hiking and picnic lodges in a forested landscape with views of three spectacular waterfalls, in addition to playgrounds, fields games and picnic areas. Bathhouses and lifeguards will further enhance the unique experience offered at the park, where people can swim in the waterway of a dammed stream at the base of a waterfall in a narrow gorge. Over the past decade, this park has welcomed over 100,000 visitors each year and had a record 226,000 visitors in 2020.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which are visited by 78 million people every year. For more information on any of these recreation areas, visit parks.ny.gov, download the free NY State Parks Explorer mobile app, or call 518.474.0456. Also connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.