Southwick Beach State Park is one of the most heavily visited day use areas in the Thousand Island State Parks Region, attracting an average of 120,000 visitors annually. Under a continuing design service contract with NYSOPRHP, Beardsley provided full architectural/engineering, landscape architecture and construction phase services for this comprehensive redevelopment project.
Improvements included a new facility to replace an existing outdated concession and bathroom building. The new buildings include bathroom facilities, a covered outdoor gathering space, lifeguard station with first aid room, camper laundry area, arcade, camp store and concession area with full kitchen. The structures include location-appropriate architectural forms and materials that complement the existing facilities in the region.
A subsequent phase will include adaptive re-use and renovation of the existing concession building, to become a gathering pavilion. A structural evaluation performed by Beardsley concluded that although the existing building is in need of some repairs, it is fundamentally sound and is worthy of further investment.
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