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Park Planning

Public Gives Input Into Future Of Midway

June 25, 2008
By Dennis Phillips
BEMUS POINT — Before renovations can be made to Midway Park, a master plan first has to be designed by the state. One of the first steps in creating a master plan is to gather public input, which is what state and park officials did Tuesday at Bemus Point Elementary School. Mark Thomas, New York State Parks district director, said gathering public information is the first step in the formation of the plan that will take about a year to finalize before renovations can be made to the park. Thomas said the state is creating six master plans this year. ‘‘Midway Park was one of the six state parks out of 174 to be selected,’’ Thomas said. ‘‘I’m glad it was at the top of the list.’’ Thomas said $100 million was in the state budget for capital improvements specifically to renovate state parks. He said the master plan and the public input meeting will guide where the money will be invested at Midway Park. ‘‘The master plan has to harmonize with the environment and the needs of the community,’’ Thomas said. Thomas said once public input is collected, a draft of the master plan will be created by January 2009. Then there will be a public hearing in February and then the final plan in May, followed by implementation. Some of the public comments for possible park renovations included. ¯ Encourage waterfront development ¯ Casual dining available along lake ¯ Trail system around Midway Park and Long Point State Park ¯ Keep the park similar to the way it is so other generations can enjoy the historic park ¯ Handicap accessibly ¯ Proper landscaping ¯ Antique rides ¯ Disallow passing or create a turning lane for Route 430 ¯ Lower speed limit along Route 430 ¯ Marketing toward schools to visit The public input deadline is July 30. Comments and suggestions on the renovations of the park can be sent to For more information, visit

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Mark Thomas, New York State Parks district director, talks during a public input meeting on the future renovations of Midway State Park.
P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

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‘‘The master plan has to harmonize with the environment and the needs of the community.’’ •Mark Thomas New York State Parks district director


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