Melissa McManus is project coordinator for the Department of State and has been working with Tupper Lake community planners on the overall, multi-phase waterfront program.
“Playground construction improvements are part of three different Planning and Economic Development grants that brought $300,000 in local construction monies to the waterfront, including the playground and a new gateway,” McManus explained.
“There will also be a new gated park entrance built from Mill Street with a rustic gateway arch. The overall goal is to bring the Wild Center type of experience further into the community: The playground was all done with natural design elements.”
The cohesive concept was actually put in motion five years ago.
“Tupper Lake did some Smart Growth planning in 2008, and that was the theme chosen by the community. With this entire waterfront park, the community’s plan is to establish a tourism draw in the heart of their downtown area.
“It already has Wi-Fi access, so we’re hoping people will come and sit and enjoy the natural beauty of Tupper Lake,” McManus said.
The children’s playground at Little Loggers should be completed by the end of September, given availability of Village Department of Public Works crews.
“This includes a lot of in-kind work from the Village of Tupper Lake DPW and Electrical Department,” McManus explained.
“And for next year, the Wild Center has designed some interpretive panels to be placed around the park.”
Playground elements were purchased with an additional $35,000 secured by Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury), Maroun said.
And there is more revitalization underway.
“There is also an area of waterfront being considered for possible hotel development.
“We are working on several concepts for reuse of the Oval Wood Dish facility, which we toured recently with Dr. Stephen Tyrell, president of North Country Community College,” Maroun said.