FULTON, NY – At the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation meeting held on recently, Mayor Ron Woodward who also serves as chair to the FCRC, announced the plan for the goal to reuse Stevenson Beach and the public access of Lake Neatahwanta (“little lake by the big lake”).
“After a very successful first dredging season collecting almost 20,000 cubic yards from the public access areas, we need to continue to move forward with more dredging, shoreline cleanup and reopening of Stevenson Beach,” said Mayor Woodward. “I was pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming support from not only our local businesses, but residents that have shared memories of the beach and how it offered many families in the area that recreational outlet which has been missing for many years.”
The goal is to raise additional funds to accompany grant funds they’ve secured to continue the efforts.
“We are ramping up for our sophomore season, with the earliest dates allowed to dredge beginning July 18 (because of DEC rules on fish spawning). We hope to generate enough funds this year to complete the first six 300’ x 300’ grids in the public access area, and plan to clean the shoreline from the beach area, following the shoreline all the way to the campgrounds,” the mayor said.
Once this is complete, Fulton will work with the State Health Department to meet the requirements to reopen the beach back to swimming and other water sports.
“There are many different levels of donations available, starting with our ‘one yard at a time’ for $12.89 campaign, to capturing a spot on the revitalization sign and being recognized in the Lake Effect newsletter as revitalization partner for $5,000. Every dollar raised goes directly into actual cleanup budget,” the mayor said. “This is instrumental for future generations to come, it is critical to enhance the quality of life for residents in the city of Fulton and surrounding areas.”
Any questions regarding the lake cleanup or the donation campaign, please call Mayor Woodward at 592-7330 or FCRC secretary – treasurer, Joseph Fiumara at 593-7166.