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Cuomo aims to redesign and enhance Thacher Park

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THACHER PARK, N.Y. - Governor Cuomo announced a new plan Tuesday that would redesign and enhance John Boyd Thacher State Park.

The new master plan will make the park a four-season destination for outdoor recreation, exploration and fitness.

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation created the plan with help from park stakeholders and members of the surrounding communities.

The recommendations for the park include expanding and improving the trail network. This includes the creation of a new Tory Cave Trail extending north from the Indian Ladder Trail. A new trail will also provide visual access to the Hailes Cave opening, creating a 4.6 mile bike path connecting the Escarpment Trails to Thompson's Lake.

A rock climbing management plan with a rock climbing group will be developed to safely permit the activity in select areas of the park.

Officials will also collect proposals to develop a high ropes adventure course in the park.

A mountain biking skills park will be designed in cooperation with mountain biking groups to provide technical facilities that pose multiple levels of difficulty and a series of looped trails where riders can practice their skills.

A management plan will be developed with the Northeast Caving Conservancy to permit cave exploration.

A new challenge course recreation area will be developed at the former pool site incorporating elements such as swinging balance beam, triangle traverse, rope bridges and tire swings to test physical strength, stamina, agility, balance, and flexibility.

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