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For State Invests in Upgraded and New Visitor Amenities

State Invests in Upgraded and New Visitor Amenities

The State has been investing in replacing old facilities like docks and also building infrastructure to access new lands and build new water front parks all around the region.

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New Frontiertown NYS Campground Opens

A ribbon cutting ceremony opens the first portion of the new Frontiertown recreation complex.

Read the news story here.

I87 Exit 18 Welcome Center Opens

The new welcome center is just south of the Park.  It will have a boat washing station, vending machines with local food products, and other amenities.

Read the news story here.

LG Finishes Construction of Charles Wood Park

After many grants and many years, Laek George has completed construction at Charles Wood Park.  It was formerly Gaslight Village, a classic roadside attraction.  Now it is where the town hosts all sorts of events.

Read the news story here.

NYS Completes Improvements at Two Recreation Areas

The Ausable Point Campground and the Santa Clara Easement have been the site of $214,000 in recreation improvements.

Read the news story here.

Frontiertown Groundbreaking Begins Construction

A large campground and day use area by the river will include equestrian facilities and a day use area.  A brewery is being build adjacent to the site.

Read the news release here
See the design here

Frontiertown Groundbreaking Begins Construction

A large campground and day use area by the river will include equestrian facilities and a day use area.  A brewery is being build adjacent to the site.

Read the news release here
See the design here

Lake Placid Wins $62.5m for Winter Sports Facilities

LP was awarded the funds to maintain and update the facilities sicne they will be needed for recently awarded competitions.

Read the  news story here

Northway Rest Stop Begins Rebuilt as Welcome Center

Northbound, just south of exit 18, work has begun at the rest area to make it an ADK welcome center.

Read the news story here.

NYS to Invest $13m to Develop Detailed Plans for Lodging

The Park will see $13m to identify specific locations for lodging projects outside of the built-up area like LP and LG.  

Read the news story here.

3 Campgrounds Will See Upgrades

Buck Pond, Piseco Lake, Caroga all will see a variety of upgrades and improvements.

Read the news story here.

Lake George Gateway Project Completed

The big project to build a new gateway entrance to Lake George from I-87.  Sidewalks, new travel lanes, landscaping all improve the look and feel approaching the village.

Read the news story here.

DEC Adding a High Peaks Trail Crew for Summer 2017

The added crew has quite a list of projects to work, mostly out of the Heart Lake area.

Read the news story here.

Lower and Upper Locks in Saranac Lake Repaired, Reopened

The lower locks have been substantially rebuilt.  The upper locks have been repaired.

Read the news story here.

Lower and Upper Locks in Saranac Lake Repaired, Reopened

The lower locks have been substantially rebuilt.  The upper locks have been repaired.

Read the news story here.

NYS to Invest $32m to Develop Frontiertown into Gateway

The former theme park by exit 29 on I-87 will turn into a service center and gateway to the Adirondacks.  

Read the news story here.
More of the plans details are discussed here

New Toboggan Chute Opens in Lake Placid

The new chute replaces the old one that had been the top of the old ski jumps.  It had been removed to build the new 1980 jump.

Read the news story here.

NYS Plans $20m for Upgrades at Gore and Whiteface

The funds will address needed updates to lodges, lifts and trails.

Read the news story here.  And some more detail here.

Bolton wins $18k for Master Plan for Veterans Park

The $19k grant will update the master plan for the park in Bolton.

Read about the grant on page 90 of the 2016 REDC awards booklet

Hague Wins $38k Grant to Design and Build ADA Compliant Docks

The added docks on Lake George will be compliant with American Disabilities Act. They will adjoin existing docks.

Read about the grant on page 90 of the 2016 REDC awards booklet.


AARCH and AuSable Building a New Waterfront Park in Keeseville

The new water front park in Keesville along a former industrial site.  It was funded with $280k from a NC REDC grant.

The grant info is on page 68 of the December 2016 REDC grant booklet

New I-87 Visitor Center at Exit 18 to Open in 2017-8

The new visitor center near exit 18 will open in late 2017 or in 2018.  It will be at an existing rest stop.  

Read the news story here

Keesville Wins $75k for New Riverside Park

The funds will help build a riverside park in the hamlet and transform the "Red Mill" industrial site.

Read the news story here.

Lower Locks in Saranac Lake Chain to be Upgraded

The locks between Lake Flower and Lower Saranac will see a $1.2m upgrade.

Read the news story for details here.

NYS to Replace Whiteface Mtn Elevator

NYS to spend $3m to replace the 80yo elevator that rises 27 floors to the top of Whiteface.  

Read the news story here.

USA Luge to Build $5m Training Facility

The new facility will be under ORDA and near existing Olympic facilities.  It will be the largest training center of its kind in the US.

Read the news story here.

New Bike Trail Open at Whiteface

The state has opened a new section of the mountain bike trails on Whiteface.  Access to the trail system requires a fee or a season pass for access.

Read the news story here.

Clinton & Franklin Counties Receive State Waterfront Revitalization Grants

The Environmental Protection Fund awarded Clinton County and Franklin County with $490,000 to distribute to projects for waterfront revitalization or other tourism amenities in destination master plans. 

Read the news story here

Keene Footbridge Restores Walking Loop

A 2 mile walking loop along the East Branch of the Ausable had been key community feature bringing a healthy bit of simple outdoors exercise to many residents.  But a beauty of an old iron bridge that crossed the river upstream from the hamlet was destroyed by the flood 4 years ago.  In November 2105, a replacement footbridge funded by FEMA was opened and the town has it's loop-walk back.

Read about the new bridge here.

$1.1m Grant for Waterfront, Stormwater, Projects

The grant will design and build a new water front park in Tupper Lake, design dam improvements in Wilmington, address culvert / stream bank issues in Keene, Jay, Hague, Chestertown and storm water projects in Lake George, Chestertown, and Warrensburg.  

You can read more about the grant on page 83 and 105 of the 2015 REDC awards booklet

Bolton Wins $350k for Rogers Park Improvements

The recreation improvements will also include storm water management work.The 2015 award for phase 4, is $363k

Turn to page 97 of the 2013 REDC grant booklet here.

Page 104 of the 2015 REDC awards booklet

NYS to Add Parking and Bike Trails in Wilmington

The new Wilmington Wild Forest management plan features more parking and bike trails.

Read the new plan details here.

New Maps & Trail Markers for Cadyville Rec Park

The Town of Plattsburgh and Clinton County Health Department are working together to provide new signs and trial markers at Cadyville Rec Park. The new signs, maps and markers will provide better information to visitors and allow for easier use of the trails, and were designed for easy manipulation if trails are expanded in the future. 

Read the news story here

Upgrades for Paradox Lake Campground & Boat Launch

As part of Gov. Cuomo's NY Works Program the Paradox Lake Campground and Boat Launch will receive $598,000 in funding to improve user experience of the location. part of the funding will go towards paving all roads in the campground. 

Read the news story here

DEC Restoring St. Regis Mountain & Hurricane Mountain Fire Towers

To prevent removal of the towers, the sites were deemed historic and will now be restored and opened to the public. One goal is to provide information about the surrounding mountains in the towers as well as historic educational programs around the tower. 

Read the news story here

New Recreational Dock on LaChute River

A partnership between Essex County, the NYS Dept of Health Creating Healthy Places Grant, and the Kiwanis Club of Ticonderoga allowed for a new dock along the LaChute River that connects Lake George and Lake Champlain. The dock's main purpose is for easier access to the river with kayaks and canoes, but could be used for small boats too. 

Read the news article here

Upon completion, the dock is attracting many new boaters and paddlers to Ticonderoga.  

Read the update here

Lake George Waterfront $6m Rebuild Finished

The $6.3M upgrade to Lake George's beach road and waterfront park have been completed in impressively quick time. The improvements included a parking lot paved with porous asphalt, new stormwater management infrastructure, reconfigured traffic flow, and a boat launch with inspection station and boat washing. 

Read the news story here

Warren County Opens New Welcome/Information Center

The First Wilderness welcome center opened in the Smith's Restaurant building in North Creek. The center will showcase improvement projects and activities available in the surrounding communities and a staff member will be available at the center and on the Saratoga-North Creek train to provide on the spot information to visitors.

Read the news article here

DEC Opening Roads in Essex Chain of Lakes to Mountain Bikers

Approximately 20 miles of roads in the Essex Chain of Lakes including two loops near Deer Pond are now opened to Mountain Bikers. 

Read the Article Here

Bolton and Newcomb Announce New Visitor Centers

Two towns announce plans for new visitor centers.

Read about Newcomb here.
Read about Bolton here.

NYS Grants $443k for Trail Projects and Other Recreation

Trails will be built in Willsboro, North Elba and Lewis.  The ADK Museum will get a new display. 

Read the new article here.

New Festival Space in LG Fully Booked for the 2015 Summer

The new 2.5 acres open space is fully booked already for its first full season of use.

Read the news story here.

ORDA To See $250k for Olympic Venues

The funds will be used to keep the Lake Placid Olympic venues up-to-snuff for training and competitions.

Read the news story here.

Bear Pond Lime Treatment Underway

80 tons of lime have been lifted on to the ice to bring down Ph for trout restoration.

Read the news story here.

Bolton Gets $117k for New Public Docks

The funds will reconstruct the South Dock in Veterans Memorial Park

See page 85 of the 2104 REDC Awards Booklet

Clifton-Fine Wins $75k for Waterfront Revitalization

The grant will help 3 hamlets improve streetscapes and also build a boat washing station.

See page 69 of the 2014 REDC Awards Booklet

$500k Award for Finch Land Access Projects

TNC and NYState have awarded $500k for a number of access projects related to the new Finch land acquisitions.

Read the news story here.

2 Old Fire Towers to Reopen to Tourists

Hurricane and St Regis fire towers to be rebuilt as historic mountain top destinations for hikers.

Read the news story here.

$1m Will Repair Locks and Dams at 3 Sites

Dams at 3 locations and locks at 2 will see $1m in repairs.

Read the news item here.

Upper SLK Boat Launch Area to Get Big Upgrade

NYS will spend $475k to rebuild the public boat ramps for Upper Saranac Lake.

Read the news story here.

Abanakee Dam to get $750k Upgrade

The Abanakee Dam on the Indian River is slated to see a $750,000 upgrade.

Read the news story here.

NYS to Spend $250k for Horse Trails on New Lands

There will be parking areas in each of the 5 towns, a barn, waste water tank, horse washing station, etc.

Read the news story here.

Finch Lands Acquired by NYS are Open for Camping

The recently acquired Essex Chain lands new Newcomb are now open for camping.

Read the details here.

Gore Mtn Get's $6.2m to Replace 30yo Chairlift

The new lift will be faster, increasing capacity.  It will also be more comfortable. 

Read the news story here.

Hawk Pond Trout Restoration Underway

The pond, in the 5 Ponds Wilderness is being treated with lime to be followed by stocking.

Read the news item here.

Lake George Wins $200k for Envrio Signage and Water Feature

Funds will design and build the news features for Charles Wood Park

Turn to page 97 of the REDC grant booklet here.

Clifton Fine Wins $68k to Implement 2007 Plan

The fund will help implement waterfront access plan, trail plans and identify new project for sustainable tourism.

Turn to page 82 of the REDC grant booklet here.

Newcomb Grant for Plan Waterfront and Economic Revitalization

$37k will pay for a Hudson River waterfront and economic revitalization plan.

Turn to page 77 of the REDC grant booklet here.

$625k Grant for Waterfront Improvements in 3 Counties

These funds will implement waterfront areas identified in thee planning documents

Essex and Clinton County Waterfront Plan.
Clinton County Destination Plan.

Read about the grant on page 76 of the 2013 REDC booklet here.

100 New Snow Guns at Gore Mtn

100 new snow guns will extend the season at Gore and open more trails.  The hope is to bring in more tourists.

Read the news article here.

Lower Sargent Pond Trout Fishery Restoration Project

The pond, in Hamilton County, was a fine brook trout fishery years ago but was invaded by bass, perch, etc and the trout were gone.  The pond was treated and trout will be stocked in the spring.  Lake Colby was treated very successfully years ago.

Read the DEC press release here.

State spends $11.4 million on Finch access

More funds for the new Finch land access facilities like parking lots and boat launch areas.

Read the news story about it here.

Lake Placid and Saranac Lake get $450,000 for new fields

The new multi-sport fields will be on the 2 capped landfills. They will accommodate larger attendance at events like the Lacrosse and Rugby gatherings.  These are big economic events for the area.

You can read about the grants here.

Second Pond docks to be replaced and upgraded

This is the put-in area for boats going into the Saranac Chain lakes ponds and streams.  It is a very heavy use point.  The work is underway as of September 2013.

You can read about the grant here.

Lake George gets new public docks and park improvements

$940,000 will be spent to improve the main water front and park area around the lake where the docks get a lot of use.

You can read about the grant here.

Northville's 2 lakefront parks get renovations

$75,000 will be spent on the 2 sites along the river front.

You can read about the grant here.

Tupper Lake and the 90 mile canoe classic route project

$445,000 for new and renovated facilities at several sites along the 90 mile route.  The route goes far beyond Tupper Lake to number other towns.

You can read about the grant here.

Arrowhead Park in Inlet to be rebuilt

$248,000 for this park in the center of Inlet on the lake. 

You can read about the grant here.

3 New Waterfront Parks on the West Branch of the AuSable

$251,000 for the 3 sites along the West Branch of the Ausable River in Wilmington

You can read about the grant here.

Reconstruction of Bulwagga Bay campground in Port Henry

$250,000 for rebuilding this Lake Champlain waterfront campground in Port Henry.  It was badly damaged by the lake floods in 2011.

You can read about the grant here.

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