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july 10, 1969

COOPERSTOWN — The beautiful acres which are now Glimmerglass State Park, aided by the cooperation of weatherman and nature providing the blue lake and the green hills, were a perfect setting for a ceremony conducted Wednesday afternoon by officials of the State council of Parks and Outdoor recreation at the newest State Park.

Glimmerglass Park is under the jurisdiction of the Central New York State Parks Commission of which Duncan S. Briggs, Oneonta, is Chairman.

The dedication was of the recently constructed beach pavilion, which together with a large sand beach and flanking picnic areas represent the major day-use facility of the park.

The occasion as attended by most of the regional chairmen of various State Park Commissions serving also as members of the State Council of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (added part to the title, new now, it was explained), and several invited guests.

It also honored Leonard L. Huttleston, Director of New York State Parks until his death in December of 1964. A bronze memorial plaque erected in honor of Huttleston was unveiled by his widow, Mary Huttleston, in the presence of her daughter Mrs. Nancy Burke, and grandson Kevin Burke, all of Albany.

Donald T. Pomeroy, of Syracuse, member of the Central New York Parks Commission, and former chairman for 16 years, paid tribute to Huttleston, who served as general manager and engineer of the Central New York State Parks Commission from 1933 until 1954; as assistant director of New York State Parks from 1951 until 1961, becoming director in 1967.

While administrative head of the state park system, Huttleston was instrumental in obtaining approval of the George Hyde Clarke estate, which is now the Glimmerglass State Park, Pomeroy said.