ORCHARD PARK, NY - Erie County is adding a new layer of safety to its parks. Officials are bringing back a park ranger program that used to be around more than a decade ago.
The Erie County park ranger program had been around more than a decade ago, but was cut during the 2004-2005 budget crisis.
"We were blessed enough to be able to bring the ranger program back," said Troy Schinzel, the commissioner of Erie County Parks. "We were able to higher three rangers -- a supervising park ranger, two rangers this summer."
The rangers will work full time. They will be stationed at Chestnut Ridge Park and patrol other county parks as well.
"The park ranger program will just bring us to another level," Schinzel said. "It will provide us with more eyes. They'll be trained peace officers -- trained, but they also have environmental backgrounds, forestry backgrounds,"