N.Y. Park

Neighbors Michelle Kaplan, left, and Christine Goossens seen Nov. 15 in Goossens’ backyard, near a proposed recreational vehicle park planned in the town of Mayfield, near Gloversville. Photo by Cindy Schultz

A family proposing a controversial 300-site RV park on Great Sacandaga Lake in Mayfield, N.Y., was awarded $200,000 in Round 11 of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative, according to the Adirondack Explorer.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the $196 million in awards to 488 projects across the state on Dec. 14.

Lane Winney, owner of the property on the dead-end Woods Hollow Road, did not know about the $200,000 when the Adirondack Explorer contacted him after the announcement. He said his daughter, Kalei Winney, had applied to several grant programs.

“I hope it’s ours,” Lane Winney said.

A spokesperson for Empire State Development confirmed that the Market New York funding was a reimbursement grant to Kalei Winney, the daughter of Lane Winney and Jamie Winney. Located in Fulton County, the project is listed under Mohawk Valley awards, and part of the project site is within Adirondack Park. The grant may be applied toward construction, supplies and engineering expenses.

Kalei Winney and Lane Winney did not return the Explorer’s follow-up requests for comment.

The RV park is in its early stages and subject to site approval from the town of Mayfield’s planning board. The project includes more than 200 sites for RVs. The remaining sites are for a mixture of “glamping,” tents and primitive camping. The Winneys also plan for boat docks, a boat launch, a picnic area and space for an amphitheater.

The Regional Economic Development Council description said the campground “will increase tourism to the Mohawk Valley. This project will provide a safe and affordable getaway for families who want to reconnect with the outdoors while creating lasting memories.”

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