May 11, 2014

Vision2Action's Spring Forward focuses on future

PLATTSBURGH — There’s a need for collaboration in the community, a recent Vision2Action session suggested, and recreation leaders are paving the way. 

Recreation, transportation, education and the arts were the focus of an event held at the Strand Theatre that explored Plattsburgh’s development.

“We live in a slice of recreation heaven,” a film prepared for the event told participants. 

Vision2Action is a community-action organization that arose from Vision2040 forums intended to implement ideas for creating a sustainable community by attracting 3,000 new families to the region during the next three decades.


Town of Plattsburgh Recreation and Youth Services Director Melanie Defayette told the audience her challenge is to figure out what the community wants. 

In addition to sailing, fishing, hiking, baseball and other sports, Defayette aims to make activities available for all ages.

“Themed runs have become the new norm,” she said, as an example. 

Defayette also pointed out that the region is now home to three 18-hole disc-golf courses and one 9-hole course.

“There’s something for everyone and for every season,” she said. “A community that plays together stays together.”


City of Plattsburgh Superintendent of Recreation Steve Peters said he plans to create a central community calendar for recreational activities.

He also talked about how collaboration with Defayette and Clinton County Youth Bureau Recreation Director Molly Flynn has been successful. 

Community leaders are looking toward waterfront development, especially with regard to the City Beach, according to the film, which also mentioned plans to expand the Saranac River Trail.

“The trail has picked up $1.6 million to complete Phase 2,” the film said, ultimately connecting the lake, river, SUNY Plattsburgh and more. 

Designs are also being completed for a community treehouse along the trail, and bicycle paths along Route 9 from Georgia-Pacific to the city’s north entrance are a possibility. 

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