A new indoor water park promises to be a long drink of cool water for Oswego’s economy.
A $10 million initiative aims to revitalise Oswego’s downtown area.
Twelve new projects have been approved, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo. Foremost amongst the projects is an exciting indoor water park. The proposed Lake Ontario Water Park will link to an existing hotel and convention centre near the water.
“The facility will build on existing anchor developments and attractions in the downtown to strengthen the appeal as a family destination,” says the governor’s office.
Oswego is located on Lake Ontario in north-central New York – it’s known as ‘The Port City of Central New York’. The city has been undergoing a resurgence downtown, with new restaurants, small businesses and farmers’ markets. The investment, by Governor Cuomo and New York State, hopes to capitalise on the city’s position on the lake.
Other projects include upgrading sidewalks, renovating historic downtown buildings and transforming a brownfield site into a mixed-use development. The Midtown Plaza on the east side of the Oswego River will have a total facelift, and a pocket park will be created on Market Street.
The Children’s Museum of Oswego will also undergo a complete renovation.
The Downtown Revitalization Initiative hopes to improve the infrastructure of the area and to boost the local economy. Oswego was Central New York’s winner in the 2016 Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The program distributed $100 million between cities in ten regions of the state.
“This funding is more than an investment in Oswego,” says Governor Cuomo. “It’s an investment in the future of the entire region. These investments will help make this downtown an economic engine that will support local businesses, foster growth, and have ripple effects that will keep Central New York rising for decades to come.”
Images courtesy of the City of Oswego.