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For Release: Thursday, October 2, 2014

DEC Announces Upgrades to Provide Universal Access at Black Creek Fishing Access Site to Begin October 8

Site Will Be Temporarily Closed During Construction

Work to redesign and upgrade the Black Creek Fishing Access Site will begin October 8, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced today. The upgrades include installing a universal access kayak and canoe launch, universal access fishing platform, paving and landscaping. To allow for construction of the upgrade, starting October 8, DEC will temporarily close the site, which is located on Black Creek Road off Ballantyne Road (Rte. 252) in the town of Chili, Monroe County. The fishing access site is expected to be closed through October 30, 2014.

While the site is closed for construction, anglers can use the nearby Town of Chili Black Creek Park. For more information, visit the Monroe County government website.

In support of the NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, this year's budget includes $6 million in NY Works funding to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands that have not reached their full potential. The Black Creek site work is one of these projects.

The 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas. In addition, the 2014-15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state's fish hatcheries, and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State.

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