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New roof, improved visitor parking planned for Knox Farm

The roof on the mansion at Knox Farm State Park in Aurora will be replaced.

A $325,000 state grant will pay for the new roof and the construction of a two-way entrance/exit road to replace the current one-way access, said Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma.

Widespread leaks in the 7,000-square-foot slate roof caused interior damage.

Work on the roadway also will include parking improvements, including newly paved spaces and an expanded gravel parking lot.

“Knox Farm is a unique jewel within our state park system and attracts thousands of visitors every year,” Gallivan said in a release. “The renovations will allow Knox Farm to better accommodate patrons, improve operations and help preserve the historic nature of the property.”

Paul Battaglia, president of the Friends of Knox Farm State Park, called the grant good news for the park.

“The replacement of the roof at the main house has been our top priority for quite some time and is critical to the viability of our operation of the house. Now, we can turn our attention to the many other needs of the park," he said.

The grant is funded through the state and municipal facilities program of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

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