PLATTSBURGH — As this year’s Mayor’s Cup Festival and Regatta fast approaches, organizers are using the event to spark interest in a community project.
Organizers are hoping construction on the universally accessible Max Moore Memorial Tree House on the Saranac River can begin this year. When complete, it will give people a new opportunity to enjoy nature.
“This is another way to have a recreation facility that is free and open to the public and for anyone to use,” project coordinator Ashley Cousens said.
The Mayor’s Cup kicks off Thursday, July 11, with the Boat Parade of Lights, held along the lakefront.
Events will take place on Lake Champlain and in the downtown area through Sunday, July 14.
The 36th-annual sailboat race, featuring boats from New York, Vermont and Quebec, will be held Saturday morning on July 13.
Proceeds from sales of Mayor’s Cup T-shirts this year will go toward the Tree House.
PERCHED ON RIVER
The Tree House will be built among three large poplar trees on the bank of the river on Pine Street, near the City Police Station, at the beginning of the Saranac River Trail. It will hang out slightly over the babbling water, providing an inspiring view.
The house will also include walkways from the road down the bank to the trees and will have a gazebo-type structure at the base.
The project honors Max Moore, an 8-year-old boy who loved the outdoors and died in 2009.
The cost of the structure is expected to be between $60,000 and $100,000. It is being built by the Tree House Guys, a company based in Vermont.
So far, Cousens and others have raised about $15,000 toward the cost and are looking for more.
The Sunrise Rotary Club, the main sponsor of the Mayor’s Cup, is doing its best to promote interest in the Tree House this year.