- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) - A Finger Lakes park that’s one of the most popular in the New York state system is getting a $6.5 million makeover for its main entrance.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the project at Watkins Glen State Park will relocate the parking area away from the gorge, allowing the parking lot at the main entrance to be returned to green space.

State parks officials say the changes will create “a less congested and more welcoming approach” to one of the Finger Lakes region’s top tourism destinations.

The state plans to spend $5 million on the project, with another $1.5 expected to come from grants and private investment.

The scenic park located near the southern end of Seneca Lake is one of the most-visited in New York.

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