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State to improve hiking trails at WNY state parks

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday announced funding to expand or enhance hiking trails at three locations in Western New York.

The trails are at:

  • Whirlpool and Devil's Hole State Park, where $450,000 will pay for continuing rehabilitation efforts at trail stairways to the Niagara Gorge;
  • Niagara Falls to Artpark state parks, which will get $50,000 for the design and installation of educational and safety signs;
  • Allegany State Park, where $85,000 will go for improving hiking and back-country trails as well as safety and durability upgrades on its horse trails.

"With this funding, we ensure that our trails and parks remain second to none, and I encourage residents and visitors alike to get out this summer and explore the hundreds of miles of trails New York has to offer," Cuomo said.

In all, a dozen projects statewide received more than $2 million in state funds in the 2017-18 budget. Of that, nearly $600,000 was allocated to the three projects in the Buffalo Niagara region.

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