Financial crisis forces New York to close campgrounds for 2010 season
The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that seven campgrounds in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks will not open in 2010.
Officials say the decision to keep the areas closed for the season is in response to the state's financial crisis and the agency's savings target.
The campgrounds affected by the decision are Tioga Point in Raquette Lake, Sharp Bridge in North Hudson, Taylor Pond in Long Lake, Poplar Point in Arietta, Caroga Lake in Caroga, Devil's Tombstone in Hunter and Bear Spring Mountain in Walton.
Each of these campgrounds have other DEC camping areas nearby. They were selected based upon usage rates over previous years and proximity to other camping facilities.
Individuals who have made reservations for the 2010 season at these campgrounds will be contacted about making alternative camping reservations or will be provided with a refund.
The DEC will continue to maintain 45 other campgrounds with approximately 5,900 campsites in the Adirondack and Catskill Parks.
In addition to the campgrounds, the agency has decided to close two day-use areas for the 2010 season. They are the Hinkley day use area in Russia and the Scaroon Manor day use area in Schroon.