Bello announces $7.2 million improvement plan for Monroe County Parks

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Monroe County Executive Adam Bello announced a $7.2 million improvement program for Monroe County Parks on Friday.

“In the coming days, I’ll be submitting a referral to the Monroe County Legislature for my ‘Go Outside Monroe Parks Revitalization Initiative,'” Bello said at the announcement Friday at Powder Mills Park. “Today, I’m announcing my plan to invest $7.2 million, to renovate and upgrade our county park facilities and infrastructure.”

The County Executive has submitted a referral authorizing the funding through an amendment to the county’s 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program and the 2021 Capital Budget to the Monroe County Legislature for review at its upcoming July 13 meeting.

“We’re going to upgrade lighting, repair broken doors, hardware and windows, fix those leaking roofs and solve long standing drainage issues,” Bello said. “We’re also going to address serious structure issues in our lodges shelters and parks department labor centers.”

If approved, the project will also put an emphasis on equity, with multiple improvements set to accommodate accessibility concerns — offering various options to all park users.

“This capital improvement program includes major upgrades to 44 lodges and bathrooms, making them ADA compliant and more modern for users.”

County Executive Bello said the plans include new roofing and gutters in 25 park facilities and improvements for walkway and parking lots in 17 parks.

“When all is said in done, this will touch 17 of the 22 Monroe County parks in one way or another.”

Funding would be allocated as follows:

  • Restroom renovations and ADA compliance             $2,952,500
  • Roadway, walkway, parking lot and cart path           $2,240,000
    repaving and resurfacing
  • Roofing, gutter and downspout repairs                       $695,500
  • Door, frame, window and hardware replacements     $388,000
  • Lodge and shelter structural issues                             $374,000
  • Park lighting replacements and upgrades                   $350,000
  • Tennis and pickleball court resurfacing                      $200,000

“I want to see families use our county park system. Our residents deserve more, and this is what this initiative is all about. Highland Bowl was a success, seeing these lodges get used. They’re such an important part of this community. Residents pay taxes to be here and should be payed back. The project will really be felt across the board.”

Full breakdown of the $7.2 million plan to improve Monroe County Parks:

This is a developing story. News 8 WROC will provide updates as they become available.

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