New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis announced that in response to the continuing fiscal crisis, six campgrounds with very low occupancy rates in the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park will not open in 2009.
“As Gov. (David) Paterson has made clear, New York is facing a large budget deficit and must make many hard choices,” Commissioner Grannis said in a DEC press release. “Closing these facilities for the 2009 season is one such hard choice, but is one that is necessary in these tough economic times.”
The six facilities slated for closure, the nearest city or town and the region are:
These facilities were selected based upon sparse use over the previous years – often the camps had an occupancy rate 20% or less. Poke-O-Moonshine had an occupancy rate of 8% or less the last two years.
Individuals who have already made camping reservations for the 2009 season will be contacted by ReserveAmerica, which manages the campground reservation system. They will be provided assistance with making alternative camping reservations. All of the targeted campgrounds have other DEC campgrounds nearby.
DEC is responsible for managing 52 campgrounds and seven day-use areas in New York’s Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.