Hunt’s Pond on the chopping block; Bowman safe

CHENANGO COUNTY – One of Chenango’s two state parks is included on the list of 41 New York parks and 14 historic sites slated for closure as a result of Governor David Paterson’s efforts to reduce spending and close the state’s $8.2 billion deficit.

According to a statement issued Friday by the governor and the state’s parks commissioner, New Berlin’s 250-acre Hunt’s Pond State Park is one of eight parks to be closed in New York’s Central Region.

“These actions are not recommended lightly, but they are necessary to address our state’s extraordinary fiscal difficulties,” reported Commissioner Carol Ash, who explained that the closures and reductions were needed in order for the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation to meet its “savings target.”

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