TUPPER LAKE — A new play park for youngsters under construction here beside Raquette Pond is part of waterfront-redevelopment efforts.
“This is the first phase of many in what we refer to as the ‘Jewel of Tupper Lake’ — that being Raquette Pond,” Tupper Lake Mayor Paul Maroun said.
“We’re rejuvenating the ball field, too, putting all new lights in there. That’s right in the park where we hold the annual Woodsmen’s Days.”
The project is supported with a State Department of State grant award.
GROWTH OVER TIME
Local officials and State Department of State administrators see the Little Loggers Playground as a catalyst, one of several ongoing downtown waterfront investments that at some point could prove a draw for business and residential growth.
“When I was a kid, there was a swimming pool there, teeter-totters and swings,” Maroun recalled.
The project cost is about $215,000, which includes overall redesign of the waterfront, placement of children’s playground features, a seating area, plug-ins for phone chargers and park wireless Internet access.
Wireless access was activated when broadband was brought into village by the Development Authority of the North Country in June.
Tupper Lake is also researching the potential for adding a new town beach at Raquette Pond inside the hamlet boundaries.
It would be added to a stretch of Raquette Pond west of the Little Loggers, off Demars Boulevard, heading toward Tupper Junction.
“We are testing the water to make sure it’s clear and clean enough,” Maroun said in a recent interview.
“All of this is adding up to the local’s part to get Tupper Lake ready for the Adirondack Club and Resort project and new business prospects. The more activity we generate, the more investors will take interest in the community.”
Little Loggers Playground was designed with Adirondack-themed play features that blend conceptually with the Wild Center, situated not far across town.