Rose Harvey, the Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has reopened the popular and much improved Group Camp 5 in the Quaker area of Allegany State Park. The $733,000 project to improve the camp was funded through Governor Andrew M. Cuomo's New York Works initiative, which is revitalizing parks and historic sites across New York.
Commissioner Harvey said, "Group Camp 5 at Allegany State Park is one of the most popular group camping areas in our entire system. Prior to the renovations, this camp was undesirable and a tough sell. Now, thanks to Governor Cuomo's investment here, we can be very proud of this facility as we welcome more groups to celebrate family reunions, alumni events, group campouts and so much more."
Though popular, the 90-year-old cabins at Group Camp 5 had fallen into an extreme state of disrepair, and the area was served by pit toilets. Governor Cuomo's New York Works fund enabled replacement of the deteriorated cabins with 18 new four-bed cabins along with construction of a modern bathroom, including showers and a small laundry. In addition, renovations to the central mess hall and access improvements for people with disabilities in all areas of the camp were completed as part of the project. Patrick Construction of East Amherst, N.Y. built the bathroom facility and state park forces constructed the cabins and renovated the mess hall.
Rick Feuz, President of the Allegany State Park Historical Society said, "'Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.' This camp, as beautiful as it is, hopefully is just a step in the overall evolution of this great park."
The improvements will help maintain Allegany State Park, visited by 1.5 million annually, as a top Western New York tourism destination. Since reservations began being accepted for Group Camp 5 as of May 24, already over 100 nights have been booked, including the entire eight-week peak summer season.