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City Boat Launches Reopened Tuesday

Updated: Apr 14, 2020

Ogdensburg City Manager Sarah Purdy and Matt Curatolo, the Director of Ogdensburg Parks and Recreation, have announced that the municipal boat launches at Little Park and Patterson Street are now open. The barricades at the launches were removed anglers in the area were very happy with the opening of Walleye season approaching on the first weekend in May.

"After receiving clarification from Empire State Development, the city boat launches and marina are back open," said Curatolo on the City Recreation Website today.

Barricades were placed in front the launches on Friday after the New York State Empire State Development’s (ESD) designation last Friday of recreational boating as non-essential and Governor Cuomo ordered that all state and municipal boat launches and marinas to be closed.

Curatolo contacted the ESD seeking a clarification along with municipal officials from all over the state. He was told that unless another directive is issued on Tuesday that the municipalities could make decisions on their own on whether it was safe to open their facilities. While the boat launches reopened a directive from EDS indicated that the playgrounds and golf courses will remain closed.

The city parks and walking trails are open for use.

"Closing the boat launches obviously upset a lot of people and I thought the directive of the ESD was a little unclear. I contacted the EDS for a clarification and was told that we could re-open unless we hear something from Albany," said Curatolo.

"But we urge people using the launches, parks and walking trails to continue to practice social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus."

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