Power Authority hosts 2 millionth visitor

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North Blenheim — The New York Power Authority’s (NYPA) admission-free Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, part of NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project, has achieved the milestone of welcoming two million visitors.

This significant event was recorded earlier this fall and was marked on Saturday, Dec. 8 in conjunction with the visitor center’s popular “Photos with Santa” holiday event. It was celebrated with festive balloons, refreshments and a commemorative photo of guests at the event holding up numbers to symbolically represent the two million visitors who have passed through the facility’s doors since it first opened in Schoharie County in 1974.

“This is a very special occasion for the New York Power Authority family, especially our colleagues at the Blenheim-Gilboa power project,” said Gil C. Quiniones, president and CEO of NYPA. “From the beginning we wanted the visitors center to contribute to the civic life of our community. Reaching this milestone gives us the sense we have achieved that goal and gives us the inspiration to continue to offer a welcoming and educational experience for the residents and visitors to Schoharie County.”

Exciting milestone
“We are thrilled to know that among the two million visitors are multiple visits by our greatest supporters—our neighbors—who have come again and again, to see Santa Claus at our holiday event, look for Easter Eggs at our Easter event or hear the adventures of local residents at our March Travelogue Series,” said Lynn H. Hait, regional manager for Central New York, NYPA. “This milestone was achieved thanks to the support of this community, and we look forward to building on this success.”

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center, housed in a restored dairy barn, is part of a larger complex of recreational improvements, including Historic Lansing Manor, fishing facilities and hiking trails, all in conjunction with the construction of the B-G power project. The visitor’s center has an array of hands-on exhibits about energy, the environment and local history and throughout the year it also serves as the focal point for many free, special events. Over the years it has grown to become one of the Capital Region’s biggest tourist attractions.

The visitor’s center is located approximately five miles north of Grand Gorge. It is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year holidays. For more information, please call 800-724-0309 or visit the web at www.nypa.gov.