SARANAC LAKE — The Village of Saranac Lake will hold an open house workshop on Thursday Nov. 7 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Saranac Lake Free Library Cantwell Room to collect feedback on draft designs that have been generated for the Riverwalk Extension and Dorsey Street Parking Lot.

The open house is an opportunity for the public to see the preliminary designs for each project and provide input on location of amenities, materials, landscaping, integration with local businesses and other design elements, according to a news release.

The open house will include several stations designed to inform the public of the alternatives that have been considered for each project and to gather public input.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the consultant team from Barton & Loguidice and village representatives. The consultants will prepare a final schematic design for each project based on the input gathered during the meeting.

Project Background

The Riverwalk is a 1.5-mile-long pedestrian walkway that provides a north-south trail through the village.

Near the middle of the Riverwalk there is a missing link in the trail along the east side of the Saranac River corridor, running from the Dorsey St. parking lot to the Broadway bridge.

The primary objective of Riverwalk Extension project is to establish a linkage between the two separate segments of the existing Riverwalk.

Three alternatives have been considered. The workshop will be focused on collecting input for the preferred alternative.

While the Riverwalk provides for tremendous access and vantage point to the Saranac River corridor, linkage with the businesses along Broadway is not well defined, the release said.

The Dorsey Street parking lot is a mixed-use area that mainly serves as public parking, but also provides secondary access to businesses and residences along the back side of the buildings along Main Street and Broadway.

The primary objective of the Dorsey Street Lot design project is to establish a linkage between the existing Riverwalk and businesses along the Main St/Broadway corridor via delineated walkways for pedestrian travel.

The public is encouraged to attend to provide input.

The project is funded by the New York State Department of State under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.


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