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Supporters ramp up push to save Sampson marina

posted Apr 24, 2015, 6:49 PM by Don Kloeber
Supporters ramp up push to save Sampson marina
By DAVID L. SHAW dshaw@fltimes.com | Posted 4 hours ago
ROMULUS — The future of the 103-slip marina at Sampson State Park is uncertain.
Seven years ago it was identified as needing major repairs if it was to avoid possible closure. Friends of Sampson State Park have been trying to draw attention to the 36-year-old marina’s condition since the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation released that information.
The deficiencies still exist today. With the ongoing “I Love My Park Day” theme in mind, Friends of Sampson want people to contact Gov. Andrew Cuomo and local state legislators and urge them to go forward with the repairs. In addition, supporters are asking people to go to nysparks.com and click on the banner “I Love My Park Day” to express support for the marina repairs. Also, the Friends of Sampson and the group’s marina committee are inviting the public to assist with planting flower beds at the Route 96A park. Planting day is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 2.
“Please help preserve this wonderful park as we celebrate the end of the long, cold winter and welcome the boating and camping seasons,” Tim Talley, co-chairman of the marina committee of Friends of Sampson State Park, said in a press release.
The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation commissioned an engineering study and market demand study to provide a list of options and cost estimates for repairing the marina. The results of those studies have yet to be released to the public. Supporters are hopeful the parks office will highlight the potential and “tremendous economic opportunity” the improvements would have on tourism and boating safety.
“State parks did commission a study on the Sampson marina,” said Public Information Officer Randy Simons in the same press release. “However, it is still in development and not complete at this time. Simons hinted that the study may be ready this summer.
The following marina deficiencies were identified as needing repair: • Inaccessibility to the docks by the disabled. • Non-handicapped accessible restrooms. • Deteriorated steel-sheet pile bulkheads and dockage structures. • Dockage that does not properly accommodate the mix of boats that use the marina. • A marina basin that requires dredging in several areas. • An unreliable and often undrinkable water supply.
The park began life as the Sampson Naval Training Station at the start of World War II. It was the second-largest Navy training facility in the country, with more than 411,000 recruits trained from 1942-46. After the war, it served as Sampson State College for returning service members. During the outbreak of the Korean War, the Navy transferred ownership to the Air Force as a basic training base. Ownership was transferred to the state park system in 1960, and Sampson State Park opened in 1963. In 1995, a military museum was added to share the history of the service members who trained there. Today, it is the largest park in the Finger Lakes region, with more than 300 campsites.
More informationFor more information about Friends of Sampson State Park, visit sites.google.com/site/friendsofsampsonmarina.
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Don Kloeber,
Apr 24, 2015, 6:49 PM
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