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Construction begins on state's newest campground

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Albany/HV: Construction begins on state's newest campground
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It's something New York hasn't done in 35 years, building a new campsite. Time Warner Cable News reporter Barry Wygel visited the new campsites which are expected to open next year.

SCHODACK, N.Y. -- Camping in New York is on the rise.

"This weekend, Memorial Day, more than 90 percent of our campgrounds across the state are booked," said Andy Beers, executive deputy commissioner for the New York State Office of Parks.

State officials are determined to get even more people outdoors, in part by fulfilling the master plan for Schodack Island State Park and building 63 new campsites.

"It's a crown jewel here in Rensselaer County and we've been really proud of it since the start," said Kathy Jimino, Rensselaer County executive.

Schodack Island was one of the state parks on the chopping block in 2010, and it was through an outpouring of public support that the park stayed open.

"We're really pleasantly surprised that the state decided to do this, because it's been a sleepy little place, but I'm excited," said Karen Kaufmann, a member of Friends of Schodack Island State Park.

Construction may just be beginning here, but this time next year, this and the other two camping loops at Schodack Island State Park will be filled with campers eager to break in the state's newest campgrounds.

"It has the access to the Hudson River. We have a terrific boat launch, one of the best boat launches in this region of the river," said Beers.

Two-thirds of the campsites will have electricity, and plans call for the campground to have an extended season to cater to spring and fall hunters and fisherman.

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