State doles out $750,000 for Essex Co. tourism sites
State doles out $750,000 for Essex Co. tourism sites
Apr 7, 2017
NORTH HUDSON — A $121,600 tourism-support grant will fund initial environmental assessments to transform the former Frontier Town property into the Gateway of the Adirondacks.
The funds for North Hudson, partnering with Essex County, is part of the total $750,000 in funding Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced this week to support a variety of outdoor-recreation projects planned in Essex County.
Plans for the former western-themed amusement park include camping, cottages, horse trails, a visitors center and access to Schroon River.
The assessments there will look at groundwater, wetlands, ecological features and potential water-and-sewer demand for the project and more.
“The Adirondack Park has always been a world-class treasure for New York, boasting endless opportunities for outdoor tourism and economic growth," Cuomo said in a press release.
MINERVA LAKE DAM
Through partnerships including the Governor’s Office, State Department of Environmental Conservation, Nature Conservancy and National Heritage Trust, Adirondack Park Upper Hudson Recreation Hub grants also went to municipalities in the Upper Hudson Recreation Hub: Indian Lake, Long Lake, Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson.
“This funding will provide these communities with the resources they need to grow their tourism industries and attract more visitors, allowing them to grow and thrive for generations to come,” Cuomo said.
The Town of Minerva received $121,600 to reinforce the Minerva Lake Dam adjacent to the town-owned campground, beach and recreational area.
“Through the governor’s leadership, and with strong partners like the Nature Conservancy, the NHT, Essex County and local officials, these grants will go far in assisting communities bolster their recreational infrastructure and promote the incredible outdoor recreational opportunities in this amazing area of the Adirondacks,” said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos in the release.
The Nature Conservancy provided $500,000 for small businesses and nonprofit agencies to be administered by the Essex County Industrial Development Agency for business development, training and nonprofit projects related to recreation and tourism (see box).
“Each of these grants is very good news for the deserving recipients who I know worked hard to present a vision worthwhile of this kind of investment,” said Sen. Betty Little (R-Queensbury) in the release.
She said she appreciates the “continued concern and interest of Gov. Cuomo and Commissioner Seggos in the sustainability of Adirondack Park towns, villages and hamlets.”
"The majestic Adirondack Park is a world-class destination for outdoor enthusiasts and a source of pride for all New Yorkers," Assemblyman Dan Stec (R-Queensbury) said in a statement.
"Promoting the unmatched beauty of the Adirondack Mountains is truly a wise investment.
Through the Upper Hudson Hub program, and partnering with the North Country Small Business Development Center, applicants participated in the Microenterprise Training program, Essex County IDA Co-Executive Director Carol Calabrese said.
That opportunity covered business plan development, financial analysis and forecasting, as well as marketing.
"These funds will offer the hub area communities and businesses an important financial foundation to encourage startups and growth and expansion for existing businesses to offer more goods and services for tourists as well as the residents," she said in the release.
"The economic impact of this program will help businesses become more sustainable and profitable. This program is scaled appropriate, to be able to work in small rural communities.”
Here's a list of those getting Nature Conservancy funding:
• Trailhead Resort, Route 28N, Newcomb — $99,443 to purchase equipment to establish a new year-round campground and dining area on Lake Harris.
• Adirondack Growl & Grub, Route 28N/Route 30, Long Lake — $41,939 toward an outdoor beer garden and equipment to expand the menu.
• The Coner, Route 28N/Route 30, Long Lake — $42,000 to upgrade equipment to serve espresso, soft custard, ice cream and other takeout food.
• Cloudsplitter Outfitters, Route 28N and the Hudson River — $59,105 to improve accommodations and purchase equipment for a hut-to-hut yurt lodge that meets Americans with Disabilities requirements.
• The Masten House Finer Lodging and Retreat Center Environmental Science and Forestry College Foundation, Upper Works Historic District, Newcomb — $69,995 to establish, equip, furnish and promote a new overnight inn and group retreat for the historic 9-bedroom mansion.
• Morningside Camps and Cottages, Morse Highway, Minerva — $30,255 to purchase venue equipment to host events.
• Adirondack Hotel, Long Lake — $42,303 to purchase new furnishings and food-preparation equipment for historic 19th-century Victorian hotel.
• Yogi Bear’s Adirondack Jellystone Park, Adirondack Northway Exit 29 — $31,423 to buy a prefabricated bunkhouse and equipment for site along the Schroon River.
• Raquette River Outfitters, Long Lake — $21,000 to expand its lightweight-canoe and kayaks, trailers and paddling equipment for offsite wilderness trips.
• Scoops Ice Cream, Route 28N, Newcomb — $31,500 to buy new equipment, inventory to serve larger volume of customers.
• Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce, Indian Lake — $8,913 to purchase new equipment to support and promote festivals and events.
• ADK Trading Post, Route 30, Long Lake — $28,882 to expand inventory, buy equipment and promote the general store/deli year-round.