Rose Harvey, state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation director, recently reopened the improved Group Camp 5 in the Quaker area of Allegany State Park.
The $733,000 project to improve the camp was funded through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's New York Works initiative, which is revitalizing parks and historic sites across New York.
"Group Camp 5 at Allegany State Park is one of the most popular group camping areas in our entire system," Harvey said. "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 a disrepair and the area was served by pit toilets. State funding paid to replace 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 built the bathroom facility and state park forces constructed the cabins and renovated the mess hall.
"'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," said Rick Feuz, Allegany State Park Historical Society president.