Parks

New York Harbor, where the mighty Hudson River empties into the Atlantic, is one of the largest natural harbors in the world. It is at the same time a highly engineered environment. Drawing on both these facets — the natural and the man-made — is Little Island, where a former industrial jetty is being transformed into a futuristic and idyllic public parkland, at a cost of $250 million.

In downtown Omaha, construction crews are busy both tearing down and building up as they work on a three-phase park project certain to transform the riverfront city. The parks are existing, but separate. The $300 million project will connect the three, add new amenities and remove or modify those already in place.

USA Niagara (USAN) Development Corp. and New York State Parks announced June 22 the start of construction on a new pedestrian entry into Niagara Falls State Park. Located in the city of Niagara Falls at 305 Buffalo Ave., on the corner with Third Street, the entry goes through a one-acre-plus vacant parcel purchased by USAN through the Buffalo Billion strategic land acquisition program.

One year ago, the iconic Alaskan Way Viaduct was permanently closed, but soon the area will be converted into a 20-acre park featuring an overlook wall and public space. The entire park is expected to open in 2024 with the first part of the project at Pier 62, which is expected to open this spring.

BOLTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation said it will improve a state forest access road in Camel's Humpy State Park with the help of state funding. The road hosts a portion of the Catamount Trail and serves as a part of a popular hiking and skiing loop.

Ground was broken during a ceremony Nov. 2 for major improvements at Cacapon Resort State Park in Morgan County. State and local officials worked the shovels and praised the $25.38 million project, which will bring much-needed upgrades to Cacapon Resort and provide additional attractions for visitors to the Eastern Panhandle.

This year marks the final summer of construction at one of the most popular destinations in Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming. Grand Teton spokesman Andrew White says this season's work at Jenny Lake is the fourth and final major construction phase on an $18 million renovation project.

A major road construction project in Arches National Park will begin in early 2017 with the bulk of work being accomplished March through October. The Devils Garden Campground will be closed March 1 through Oct. 31, 2017. The park has proposed work for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.