May 15, By Christian Murray
New signage will be going up at Gantry Plaza State Park as a result of a $20,000 grant that was recently awarded to a local parks group by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
The grant was awarded to the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, a volunteer group that helps oversee the waterfront parks, to refresh the 20-year old signs throughout Gantry Park.
“The grant comes at a very crucial time in the history of Gantry Plaza State Park,” said Rob Basch, president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. “Park usage has multiplied over the last few years,” he said, adding that with the new ferry service beginning in Gantry Park later this summer the time is right for modern signage.
This is the second year in a row that the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy has been awarded a grant via Cuomo’s Environmental Protection Fund’s Park and Trail Partnership Program. Last year’s grant was for $12,000 and was used to replace damaged Adirondack chairs, light fixtures and tree guards.
This year’s EPF grant, announced by Cuomo on May 6, was one of 20 awards totaling $450,000 for organizations dedicated to the stewardship and promotion of state parks and historic sites.
State Parks has yet to set a date as to when the signs in Gantry will upgraded.