$9 million upgrades planned for Selkirk Shores State Park


New York Construction Report staff writer

Selkirk Shores State Park in Pulaski is getting a $9 million upgrade. Work will begin in September 2024.

“With its excellent camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and trails, Selkirk Shores represents the best of outdoor recreation in New York State,” Governor Kathy Hochul said. “This investment in the park will benefit the local economy by attracting new visitors to experience all the park has to offer, as well as ensuring its position as a treasured summertime tradition for its regular visitors.”

The park office will be replaced and the entrance and exit pattern redesigned for improved traffic flow. Also, the two existing camping restrooms will be replaced with larger, more accessible facilities located more centrally on the loops.

New facilities will include accessible showers, baby changing stations, and dishwashing stations. In keeping with State Parks’ mission to reduce the environmental impact of its operations, the new buildings will be substantially more energy efficient.

Enhancements will include installing crushed stone or pavement at each of the 130 campsites, improving storm water drainage, adding more water hydrants to the campground loops, and installing new security features. The park’s 24 cabins will receive accessibility upgrades and improvements to their electrical wiring, masonry and roofs.

“Selkirk Shores State Park has been cherished by generations of New Yorkers, and we take great pride in stewarding its legacy into the next century of Parks,” said Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Commissioner Erik Kulleseid. “These renovations represent another significant stride in our multiyear initiative to rejuvenate our parks, operate sustainably, and most crucially, better serve our visitors.

“We look forward to celebrating our centennial season with our Selkirk Shores campers and welcoming them back to a rejuvenated park in 2026.”

Other improvements include replacing the park sign and constructing a new playground. Structures built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps will be repaired and preserved.


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