By Ed Griffin
If you have been over to Green Lakes State Park this fall, you will see the main parking lot, near the old boathouse full of construction vehicles. New York State Parks has begun a $6 million project to convert the deteriorated 1940's boathouse on Green Lake into an environmental education center and other park improvements. The historic boathouse will be moved back from the water’s edge, where it is exposed to flooding, and renovated. The new center will include a new indoor classroom/multipurpose space, kitchenette and restrooms, as well as an outdoor classroom, lakefront boardwalk and canoe/kayak landing, new boat rental booth and storage racks, and a fishing pier.
In conjunction with the education center, State Parks will work to restore the lake edge, redirecting storm water to constructed wetlands and bioswales/bio retention basins; upgrade electric systems; and rehabilitate the deteriorated West Beach parking area with green elements.
Our crown jewel is getting a new shine.
Speaking of shining, the moon has been beaming over the Mountain Goat Hall of Fame statue in Onondaga Park the past few evenings. Registration opened for in mid-November for the 40th Anniversary of the Dunn Tire Mountain Goat Run and the registration numbers are impressive:
- 10-mile race: 1,152 (57% of 2017 Race Registrations)
- Two-person, 10-mile relay: 58 (238% of 2017 Race Registrations)
- Kids half-mile run: 24 (43% of 2017 Race Registrations)
- Four-week training series: 376 (95% of 2017 Race Registrations)
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Photo courtesy of Vincent Miller.