State grants $100K to build new fire tower at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

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A much needed makeover is now in the future for an historic fire tower in Westchester.

Thanks to a huge financial boost from the state, the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation will once again have a fire tower.

Sen. Peter Harckham (D) announced today that a $100,000 state grant has been awarded for the reconstruction of the historic fire tower in the reservation.

In 1971, the state stopped using the fire tower for observation. It was eventually torn down in 1982.

Harckham says building a new tower is restoring a piece of history. "It's part of the magic of the old park. But also, moving forward is important for eco-tourism to drive new visitors to the park and northern Westchester."

Since the tower is now only in the design phase, it could take a couple of years before hikers heading up the new fire tower to take in the spectacular views.

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