YPFI: State Park playgrounds
Updated: Wednesday, March 20 2013, 01:56 PM EDT
The state has just announced a series of park improvements, including fancy new playgrounds that will cost more than $200,000 at Thacher Park and Saratoga Spa State Park. But here's the thing: there are already unused, unassembled playgrounds just sitting at both of those parks. You can't play on them, but you had better believe that you paid for them.
The playground in Thacher State Park was purchased with your tax dollars two years ago in October 2010. It was delivered a few months later. Since then - absolutely nothing.
Greg Floyd first showed you the disassembled playground in May of this year. Back then, we were told the State was waiting for federal funds to come through to pay for the assembly of the playground, and that things should be happening shortly. However, it has been two seasons and six months since that statement from New York State Parks and Recreation, and there it still sits: an eyesore in its present state.
Thacher Park is not alone. Similar playgrounds sit untouched and unbuilt in three other local state parks: Saratoga, Graton and Minekill. The total cost for the playgrounds was $142,000, an end of the season half-price special two years ago.
There is still no timetable for when any of those playgrounds will actually be assembled.