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Indoor water park among projects green lit to revamp Oswego's downtown

Downtown Oswego/ CNYCentral file photo

An indoor water park is among 12 projects that have been approved to revamp Oswego's downtown.

The projects were each selected for Oswego's $10 million Downtown Revitalization Initiative, according to the governor's office. The goal is to revitalize the city's downtown area, improve its infrastructure and boost the local economy.

"This funding is more than an investment in Oswego – it’s an investment in the future of the entire region," Governor Cuomo said. "These investments will help make this downtown an economic engine that will support local businesses, foster growth, and have ripple effects that will keep Central New York rising for decades to come."

The indoor water park would be linked to an existing hotel and conference center near the Lake Ontario waterfront. "The facility will build on existing anchor developments and attractions in the downtown to strengthen the appeal as a family destination," a release from the governor's office says.

Other projects that have been approved include:

  • Upgrades on West Bridge Street
  • Transforming a vacant lot on West First Street into a multi-building, mixed-use complex
  • Transforming a brownfield site into a mixed-use development
  • Transforming the Aging Midtown Plaza on the east side of the Oswego River
  • Restoration of the Historic Buckhout-Jones Building
  • Transforming the Historic Cahill Building into Upscale Housing along the river
  • Creating a pocket park on Market Street
  • Renovating the Children's Museum of Oswego
  • Completion of the Downtown West Gateway Project
  • Improvement for the River Walk
  • Establishing a program to support interior and exterior improvements to local businesses


Oswego was Central New York's winner in the 2016 Downtown Revitalization Initiative, a program that distributed $100 million between cities in ten regions of the state. The program is currently accepting applications for 2017.

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