New York (STL.News) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of construction on a resiliency project at Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park in the Town of Irondequoit, Monroe County. The $2.67 million project is part of the Governor’s Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. The project repaired damage sustained from historic flooding in 2019, and raised the boat launch, docks and parking lot so they are able to continue to operate during times of high water.
“The effects of climate change have become more evident over the last few years, as seen during the unprecedented flooding along the shores of Lake Ontario in 2019,” Governor Cuomo said. “Through New York State’s partnership with shoreline communities, we are helping to prepare for all that Mother Nature has in store by not only rebuilding, but reimaging critical infrastructure. Resiliency projects like the two that have completed in Irondequoit exemplify the mission of the REDI program.”
“New York State’s continued investment in our shoreline communities is helping them to build back better, smarter and more resilient,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “Irondequoit Bay Marine State Park has faced tremendous challenges in recent years due to flooding caused by climate change. The improvements made here will protect against future flooding, increase public accessibility and safety, and ensure it remains a place of enjoyment for future generations.”
In addition to elevating the parking area and boat launch, new transient docks were added to the park, as well as a playground, a canoe/kayak launch, an American with Disabilities Act accessible fishing pier and sidewalks along Culver Road, further increasing accessibility to the Park. A recreational pavilion will be constructed for public use later this year.
The Town of Irondequoit has also completed work on a nearby project which made improvements to the storm drainage system along Culver Road, which is the gateway to the Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park and several key businesses. The Culver Road project was awarded $500,000 by the REDI Commission to build resiliency by mitigating flooding of the roadway to reduce the potential for road closure during high water events and maintain access for emergency services and to local establishments in the area.
Resiliency measures implemented will mitigate future flooding impacts to area homes and businesses through modifications to the existing storm sewer system drains along Culver Road including, the installation of new check valves and the creation of pump station with an emergency backup generator for uninterrupted service.
Irondequoit Bay is about five miles northeast of Rochester and empties into Lake Ontario. The 44-acre Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park is on the northwest shoreline adjacent to Culver Road and Sea Breeze Drive. During the last decade, there have been more than 400,000 visitors to the park, which is operated and maintained by the town of Irondequoit.