New York state is spending nearly $9 million to renovate Green Lakes State Park, from the campgrounds to the 19th hole, the Post-Standard of Syracuse reported.

State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey visited the park today (June 25) to explain the details. More than 1 million people visit the park each year.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called Green Lakes a “flagship” park when he requested $110 million be spent this year on state parks. It is part of a plan to spend $900 million in state and private money on parks between 2011 and 2020.

“We’re talking about a renaissance of parks,” Harvey said as a monarch butterfly flew overhead and golf carts hummed on the course designed by Robert Trent Jones.

“If you look down from above, you’re going to see that every part of Green Lakes State Park is going to be improved,” she said.

The state plans to spend $2.9 million on the Pine Woods Campground. The plan calls for more campsites and bigger campsites to allow space for recreational vehicles to back in. The campgrounds will also add electric, water and sewer hookups.

A new restroom and shower building will be built. The trailer dumping station will be moved. Trees have already been cleared and construction has begun. The rest of the campground is open during construction.

This fall, construction will begin on a second new restroom for use by visitors staying at campsites and the cabins. The federal government is covering $1.1 million of the campground project.

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