YOUNGSTOWN – A new pool bathhouse and boat docks are part of a $2.7 million project currently underway at Fort Niagara State Park, according to state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation officials.
The bathhouse will reflect the architecture of the adjacent Old Fort Niagara historic site, including brick and stone masonry. It will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and offer accessible parking, pathways and changing facilities.
The bathhouse will include lifeguard facilities, women’s, men’s, and family changing rooms and a ticket booth. It is expected to be completed this fall. Construction activities require the closing of the pool for the upcoming season, state officials said.
The docks include shoreline restoration and beautification, with the installation of 700 feet of ADA-accessible floating docks that will connect north and south launches. Other features include dedicated fishing space, personal watercraft launch. Work is expected to be completed this summer.
Fort Niagara provides the only public docks between Lewiston and Wilson, and the expanded site will allow boaters to stop and enjoy the park, Old Fort Niagara, and the Village of Youngstown, which is within walking distance.
The former bathhouse has been razed and the site is being prepared for construction work, including energy efficiencies, LED lighting, skylights and water-saving plumbing fixtures.
The state also offers lifeguard-protected public swimming at nearby Wilson-Tuscarora State Park, along the Lake Ontario shoreline, and at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island, along the Niagara River shoreline.
State officials said more than 800,000 people visit Fort Niagara each year.
“Fort Niagara is a special destination and the projects that are underway will further enhance this popular park,” said Mark Thomas, Western Regional director for the State Parks. “We are excited to roll out these upgrades over the course of the summer and we know that even more people will visit and enjoy Fort Niagara as a result.”
During construction at Fort Niagara, the woodland hiking trails, picnic grounds, playgrounds and soccer fields will remain open, with no change in schedule.
Fort Niagara Nature Center, offering exhibits on Great Lakes ecology, the ice age, Native Americans, geology of the region and military history, also will remain open under normal operating hours.
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