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February 2, 2014

Saranac park eyed for improvements

SARANAC — A state grant is helping the Town of Saranac plan and make improvements at Picketts Corners Park, the town’s major recreational facility.

Now, the municipality is looking for three or four volunteers to serve on the Project Advisory Committee that will meet for the first time on March 6 at a time to be announced.

“The town is looking into investigation of construction of a picnic area,” Town Supervisor Joe Gerardi told the Press-Republican. “And would also like to look for improvement to river access.

The park, established in the 1970s, is located between Route 3 and the Saranac River.

The town pool is located there, along with a ball field and a tennis court that has fallen into disrepair, the supervisor said.

Officials have an eye on an open area near the water that would make a nice spot for picnicking, he said. 

And waterway access now is “just a little piece of concrete where the paddlers can go and put their kayaks or canoes in.”

The town would not only welcome locals to use better facilities there, but visitors, too.

SCHEMATICS

The proposed improvements to Picketts Corners Park were identified as a priority project in the town’s Comprehensive Plan and Revitalization Strategy. A 2009 EPF grant from the Department of State Local Waterfront Program is paying for the planning, an engineering study and will cover some of the construction, the supervisor said.

That funding can total as much as $62,000, Gerardi said, “depending on what the Project Advisory Committee recommends.”

This committee picks up where another one, a few years ago, left off, he said. Two of those former members will served on the new one, and after discussion at last week’s council session, two new volunteers called to sign up.

AES Northeast of Plattsburgh is doing the schematics for the proposed improvements, based on the Comprehensive Plan and the ideas dreamed up by the previous Project Advisory Committee.

And the firm is taking a look at other possibilities for the park.

Saranac Central School has tennis courts, Gerardi said, and so the town may do away with the one at the park.

It might provide a good spot for a parking lot, he noted.

To express interest in serving on the Advisory Committee, call him at 293-6666, Ext. 1, or email him at supervisor@townofsaranac.com.

Email Suzanne Moore: smoore@pressrepublican.com

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