A popular place to go swimming in our area has just gotten better.
Chenango Valley State Park cut the ribbon and officially reopened its new and improved swimming area.
The $2.2 million revitalization project added a new boathouse, dock, slide, diving board, splash pad, and even a beach with plenty of sand.
The state park also launched its free hands-on educational program Learn-to-Swim to encourage healthy and safe lifestyles.
Park Manager Michael Boyle says he hopes the improved park will encourage local youth to put down the electronics and get outside.
“You get a lot healthier when you’re out swimming then you do if you’re pushing a pad, or pushing a pen or pushing button, on a video game. You know I think a lot of people do harp on that and see that a lot. I think it’s just something we’ve gone away from over time, over the last couple few decades, and kids really need to reconnect with nature,” said Boyle.
Park admission is $7 per vehicle during the Summer season.
The beach is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.