05/04/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/04/2021 13:04
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a public-private partnership for a new tent camping service with 45 new sites at four State Parks in the Hudson Valley. Tentrr's fully outfitted campsites are available to reserve at the Sebago and Silver Mine areas of Harriman State Park in Orange and Rockland Counties; Taconic State Park and Lake Taghkanic State Park in Columbia County; and Mills-Norrie State Park in Dutchess County.
The service provides tents, sleeping accommodations and an array of equipment needed for camping at each site. All items are set up and ready to use upon arrival for added convenience and sites are maintained by Tentrr staff.
'Camping at a State Park is an ideal way to explore the great outdoors with friends and family,' Governor Cuomo said. 'This partnership continues our work to create diverse and exciting destinations to attract visitors to New York's great outdoors, enhance our tourism economy, and help people experience all that the State has to offer.'
'In what has been a tremendously difficult year, our State Parks have served as an invaluable resource to get out of the house, stay active and enjoy New York's natural gems,' Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. 'These new camping sites represent New York State's commitment to creating new and fun ways to promote healthy outdoor recreation as well as boost local tourism.'
All locations include a 10-foot by 12-foot, canvas-walled tent atop a raised platform. Each site is outfitted with a queen-sized bed and memory foam mattress, a propane heating source, a solar-powered 'sun' shower, a camp toilet, water container, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, grill, and a picnic table with storage and benches.
Guests have the option of single, double, and triple sites. Singles sleep up to six (two occupants in the main tent and four occupants in a provided pop-up tent). Double sites - or buddy sites - sleep up to 12 (two occupants in each of the two main tents and four occupants in each of the two provided pop-up tents) and triples can accommodate group camping.
'The partnership with Tentrr is an opportunity to reach new visitors and encourage more New Yorkers to get outside and be active,' State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said. 'We look forward to kicking off this summer and connecting people with the Hudson Valley's many outdoor offerings. Not everyone has the equipment or the knowledge to enjoy camping in a state park, and this partnership is a great way to introduce this classic outdoor experience to more New Yorkers.'
'As a New York City-based company, it is great to partner with our home state supporting its incredible park system across the region,' said Todd King, Vice President of Marketing at Tentrr. 'Through Tentrr, we hope New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors alike will explore the incredible natural resources and parks the state has to offer. Tentrr makes it easy to find an amazing site to enjoy the state's vast landscapes and inspiring scenery.'
New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, 'Camping is a terrific way to experience New York State's great outdoors, and this new service will make it easier than ever to enjoy New York's unparalleled State Parks. I LOVE NY looks forward to promoting the availability of these extensively outfitted sites as part of the wide variety of camping offerings available across the state to residents and visitors alike.'
Senator Mike Martucci said, 'The positive impact of visitors in New York State is undeniable and has been sorely missed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism generates significant benefits to households, businesses, and government alike through sales, employment, and tax revenue. The travel sector is an integral part of our economy and will be a key driver of our recovery. My district is home to some of our most beautiful State Parks, including Harriman State Park, and is conveniently located just outside of New York City. This new partnership between New York State and Tentrr will bring tourism dollars back to the Hudson Valley, introduce new visitors to our region and its recreational attractions, and help preserve and grow our historic State Park system. I applaud all sides for their collective efforts.'
Senator James Skoufis said, 'Hudson Valley parks aren't just a vital recreational resource for local residents; they serve as a major tourism driver for our district. This partnership will offer visitors new opportunities to interact with our parks, and I am excited to see those tourism dollars at work throughout Orange and Rockland communities this summer.'
Assemblymember Karl Brabenec said, 'I was excited to hear about the partnership making the awesome new campsites at the Sebago and Silver Mine areas of Harriman State Park possible. The men and women that worked on this project did an amazing job and I encourage everyone to take a chance to get out and take advantage of the new accommodations the new sites boast. Let's all get outside and make some memories this summer!'
Assemblymember Mike Lawler said, 'I'm thrilled to see the Tentrr partnership in place for the upcoming summer at Harriman State Park. As we continue the process of recovering from COVID-19, public-private partnerships such as this one will benefit Rockland County residents.' 'I applaud NYS Parks for this innovative new partnership with Tentrr that will expand opportunities for New Yorkers to explore our state parks. As an outdoors person myself, I know that the camping experience can be a bit overwhelming when starting out in terms of what equipment is needed and some may not want to make the investment. This ready-to-use model puts all those reservations aside and opens up camping to a whole slew of folks that may not have otherwise tried it. Thank you to Commissioner Kulleseid and the Governor for your on-going commitment to getting New Yorkers outside and in our beautiful state parks.'
Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt said, 'Our Hudson Valley State Parks are a public treasure. This new innovative public-private partnership to expand camping opportunities will open new access to our parks for local families and visitors alike. This is a perfect way to give more people the opportunity to experience the outdoor lifestyle in New York and explore all that our beautiful Hudson Valley has to offer while supporting private enterprise, creating new funding streams for our park system and offering expanded tourism opportunities.'
Assemblymember Ken Zebrowski said, 'I applaud NYS Parks for this innovative new partnership with Tentrr that will expand opportunities for New Yorkers to explore our state parks. As an outdoors person myself, I know that the camping experience can be a bit overwhelming when starting out in terms of what equipment is needed and some may not want to make the investment. This ready-to-use model puts all those reservations aside and opens up camping to a whole slew of folks that may not have otherwise tried it. Thank you to Commissioner Kulleseid and the Governor for your on-going commitment to getting New Yorkers outside and in our beautiful state parks.'
Reservations open May 4, and sites open May 10 at $135 per night. A portion of the sales goes to the maintenance and stewardship of New York State Parks.
To make a reservation, visit tentrr.com/nysp. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance.
While Tentrr's sites are naturally socially distanced, Tentrr adheres to state guidelines for maintaining and sanitizing the sites. Tentrr will continue to keep sites clean and wiped down with high-grade sanitizers and encourages guests to follow recommended COVID requirements and protocols. For more details on Tentrr's COVID-19 protocols, visit here.
The Tentrr partnership complements Governor Cuomo's NY Parks 100 initiative, which renews the historic commitment to investing and expanding the State Park system by committing at least $440 million over the next four years. This critical period of revitalization will culminate in the 2024 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the State Park Act, which first created our nation-leading State Park system in 1924 under Governor Al Smith. NY Parks 100 will continue crucial investments in park infrastructure while enhancing opportunities to reach the full range of New York State's recreational and cultural offerings, including local parks and trails, regional flagship parks and historic sites, and vast wilderness parks. The initiative will focus on creating places to recreate locally, relieving overcrowded parks, welcoming new visitors, and protecting New York State's environmental and historic legacy. This new plan will ensure people from all communities and across all ages and abilities can fully experience our outdoors, our culture, and our heritage.
Memories are made in the outdoors. The smell of marshmallows roasting, the sound of the waterfall or crickets at night, swimming in the cold river, or fishing for the trout that got awayTentrr makes lifelong memories possible. Our fully equipped campsites, complete with canvas-wall tents, come with a comfortable bed for a good night's sleep, an Adirondack chair to watch the stars, and a fire pit to keep you warm while you enjoy the day with family and friends or discovering nature. We make camping easy so you can make memories outdoors. Simply put, Tentrr is a better way to camp. For more information, visit www.tentrr.com.
About New York State Parks:
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks, historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more, which were visited by a record 78 million in 2020. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit www.parks.ny.gov, connect with us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram , Twitter or on the State Parks blog.