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Construction begins on new park in Lyme

Posted 8/5/22

State officials, including New York Secretary of State Robert Rodriquez, have announced the start of construction of a much-anticipated public park in Lyme.

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Construction begins on new park in Lyme

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JEFFERSON COUNTY — State officials, including New York Secretary of State Robert Rodriquez, have announced the start of construction of a much-anticipated public park in Lyme. The project, intended to promote economic development, was awarded nearly $1.2 million in grant funding through the State’s Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative (REDI). 

Once complete, the park will become a place for recreation and for residents and visitors to gather. The space will offer a larger venue for community events.

“New York continues to invest in transformative projects that will enhance the resiliency, quality of life and economies of Lake Ontario shoreline communities for generations to come,” said Rodriguez. “Outdoor public spaces like Lyme Veterans Memorial Public Park played such a critical role during COVID, allowing people to interact, exercise and access the water safely, yielding both physical and mental health benefits.”

“Lyme Park represents another important piece of the community revitalization puzzle as Gov. (Kathy) Hochul’s REDI program makes NY more resilient all natural disasters, including flooding and pandemics. This project is particularly meaningful as it honors the veterans for which Lyme Park is named,” he added.

The new Lyme Veterans Memorial Public Park, will include:

  • Installation of a resilient living shoreline utilizing native plantings;
  • New dock to provide access to and from Sawmill Bay;
  • Public walking paths;
  • Installation of a bathroom facility; and
  • Parking area with a rain garden to control runoff. 

“Governor Hochul’s commitment to improving public infrastructure, including better waterfront access, means that Lyme and other Lake Ontario shoreline communities are finally realizing their full economic potential.” said REDI Co-Chair and Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight. “The REDI program has successfully rebuilt flood-damaged areas and created tourism and development opportunities that capitalize on the unique assets of these lakeside municipalities. The new park in the Town of Lyme will provide decades of enjoyment for residents, while also attracting new visitors to the region.”

In response to the extended pattern of flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River, New York State established REDI to increase the resilience of shoreline communities and bolster economic development in the region.

Five REDI Regional Planning Committees, comprised of representatives from eight counties (Niagara and Orleans, Monroe, Wayne, Cayuga and Oswego, and Jefferson and St. Lawrence) were established to identify local priorities, at-risk infrastructure and other assets, and public safety concerns. 

Through REDI, the State has committed up to $300 million, to benefit communities and improve resiliency in flood prone regions along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River.

Since the creation of the State’s REDI program in the Spring of 2019, 134 REDI funded local and regional projects are underway, including 64 projects in the design phase, 29 projects in the construction phase, and 41 projects completed.

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