Work recently began in the Quaker area of the park for the construction of the first of 28 new cabins, which are part of a $2.1 million project to expand the lodging options in both areas of the park.
“Our existing cottages have been very popular with our campers and it has added a different level of camping we normally do not provide,” said Gary Quattrone, park manager III at Allegany State Park. “With this coming in, this is going to open up more opportunities of people look for a cottage-like stay. It’s going to give them more to choose from.”
Announcement of the work was made last week by Empire State Development, which awarded a $420,000 grant toward the project to ASP Partners LLC, a lodging and management company based in southeastern New York.
Allegany State Park issued a request for proposal of the project in September 2011 to meet current visitor demand, according to a release issued by Empire State Development.
The cottages will be of the type and character that are currently located on Fancher and Parallel trails, according to a representative from ASP Partners. The representative also said ASP Partners will operate the cabins under a 20-year license with the park.
Quattrone said builders hope to have cabins on Parallel Trail available this summer. The cabins, which can be booked up to nine months in advance and cost $695 per week or $173.75 per night, can be reserved through the park’s rental offices or online.
Allegany State Park recently saw a spike in its attendance; at the Red House area, numbers increased from 729,189 in 2012 to 790,645 last year. The Quaker area also saw a roughly 2,000 person increase.
Likewise, overnight stays at campsites in the park jumped from 19,285 in 2012 to 21,198 last year.
The grant awarded by Empire State Development to ASP Partners was part of $5.6 million in awards announced Thursday, April 17. The largest awards included $2.1 million to the Southern Tier Region Economic Development Corporation to help fund a regional health care grant program and $1.95 million went to the Utica Memorial Auditorium for renovations.
(Olean Times Herald reporter Rick Miller contributed to this report.)
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