PRESTON – The Town of Preston is saying “No” to plans of expansion at Bowman Lake State Park, arguing that park expansion takes land off the tax roll and leaves local taxpayers shouldering an extra burden.
According to Preston Town Supervisor Peter Flanagan, the town wasn’t notified prior to the Open Space Institute’s acquisition of 307 acres adjacent to Bowman Lake in the towns of Preston and McDonough. OSI announced the purchase ordered by New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation back in January.
The land purchase – consisting of natural meadow, farm fields and forest – will add nearly 307 acres to Bowman Lake State Park, growing the size of the park by almost 50 percent. OSI says the preserved land will provide an important buffer to the entrance of the popular camping park, provide additional hiking trails and add varied landscapes and habitats to the park.