Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a copy of the state budget right in Central New York along with local leaders, including the Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and the State Fair director.
$50 million is going into the New York State Fairgrounds for upgrades, and part of the modernization includes paving the Amphitheater and a gondola that goes to and from the Fair.
The Orange Lot that’s used for both the Fair and the Lakeview Amphitheater will be paved, following complaints that last year there was too much dust.
Those upgrades won’t be for this summer, but some Amphitheater improvements will be, like docks on the lake and paving done to walkways inside the property to make them ADA friendly.
“I’m cautiously optimistic you’ll see the ADA paving done this year, the rest of the lot and on ramp done next year,” Mahoney said.
The most talked about upgrade is a gondola over I-690 to take people from the Fair to the Amphitheater. The Onondaga County Executive says it’ll be tied in with plans to make the Fairgrounds a year-round destination and a summer-long Taste New York exhibit in the back
“That would be the terminus of the gondola, which would take you over to the lake. So you’d have the view of the lake and downtown Syracuse, and on nights we have amphitheater shows, you can get off the gondola up at the Amphitheater, but there are different speeds. Sometimes, pure transportation to move people, other times it can be a ride unto itself,” Mahoney said.
Mahoney also says the gondola will have an independent operator and she hopes people give the idea a chance the county executive also says the gondola will have an independent operator and she hopes people give the idea a chance.
These upgrades will not be completed this summer.