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OPRHP Marina Study & Park Improvement Priorities

posted May 13, 2015, 6:48 PM by Don Kloeber
 May 13, 2015, Don Kloeber, Terry Bonter and Tim Talley met with NYS Parks Finger Lakes Regional Director Fred Bonn and Capital Facilities Manager Jeff McDonald in Trumansburg, NY.  The following is a summation of the meeting:


In 2014 OPRHP commissioned a detailed consultant study to answer two questions: a) Is there a market demand for a public marina on Seneca Lake at Sampson State Park? And b) How much would it cost for State Parks to reconstruct the marina?


The study concluded that, under current market conditions, there is public demand for a new marina at Sampson.


After reviewing 7 alternatives for a new marina, OPRHP has concluded the agency cannot commit the estimated $6.6 to $8.2 million to construct a new marina. Therefore, State Parks is adopting the following two-part approach:


1. This summer, State Parks will issue an RFP seeking a private marina concessionaire that would build and operate a marina at Sampson State Park. In the Sampson RFP, State Parks will commit $2.5 million of agency capital funding to support development of a new marina with the private operator providing the remaining capital funds. Expanded programming and sales that could add value to the project would be consideration of possible fuel sales, sundries and a seasonal restaurant. The agency would offer a long term lease to enable potential concessionaires to recoup their capital cost. If a private operator expresses interest in the marina, State Parks will diligently work to secure an agreement and expedite construction.


2. If the RFP process is not successful in attracting a private sector concessionaire to operate the marina, State Parks will then pursue plans to develop a day-use boat launch with transient docking for day-use boaters and to accommodate visitors staying in the park’s campground (seasonal marina slip rentals would not be provided). The consultant study determined this option could cost as much as $4.0 million. Given this level of cost, it will be several years before State Parks could commit funding. The agency will also seek grants from federal boating programs or other sources in order to undertake a project of this scope.


We were told (for those of you that recently wrote letters) that your voices have been heard and your advocacy on behalf of rebuilding the marina is appreciated. Our next meeting with Fred Bonn is tentatively scheduled for an undetermined date in June, subsequent to a coordinating meeting that Fred will attend with representatives from Empire State Development.


The attached file contains the full text of the parks findings & position.

Don Kloeber,
May 13, 2015, 6:48 PM