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Plattsburgh works to revitalize local waterfronts
Posted: Nov 02, 2016 3:56 PM EDT
Updated: Nov 02, 2016 7:02 PM EDT
By Rose Gomez
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -
The town of Plattsburgh is looking to provide the public with better access to the waterfronts on Lake Champlain and the Saranac River. They released a list of 5 projects they'd like to tackle.
Charles Darveau has been visiting the Cumberland Head bay in Plattsburgh to windsurf for several years. It's a three hour drive from his home in Ottowa, Canada, but he says it's well worth it.
"It's just a special set up for wind, so the way the wind is channeled through that lake builds up to this bay, and the waves build up nicely, so it ends up being perfect conditions for wind surfers," said Darveau.
Darveau is one of many windsurfers who travel from across the region to the special spot, but he says that while the wind conditions are great, the rocky beach and water access could be better.
"Although we do manage, but it's definitely difficult access. A lot of people actually are deterred from coming here because of the difficulty with those rocks," said Darveau.
The town of Plattsburgh recently announced a list of projects aimed at revitalizing local waterfronts, including Cumberland Head Bay. Plans also outlined ideas for the Cadyville beach, a small island in Treadwell Mills, and a spot on La Pierre Lane.
"This is about providing more access to our waterfront. Not just access to Lake Champlain, but also things like the Saranac River Trail. We have approximately 26 miles of accessible points to water in our community," said Michael Cashman, Plattsburgh town supervisor.
The projects range in cost from $169,000 to as high as $826,000. Cashman says they plan to discuss exact funding plans for the first project next year.
"Now going through the process to prioritize a number of these projects to figure out which one has the most viability given funding and collaborations and relationships. This project in particular, the LaPierre Park, is the one that we're putting at the top of the list," said Cashman.
The Cumberland Head Bay project would be the most expensive, and Cashman says it will likely be the last project they pursue. The plan includes providing better parking, picnic tables, benches, handicap access to the water, a new lawn and shade trees along the beach.
"Given how popular this spot is, it's really one of the prime locations in the area for wind surfing, any improvement in access would probably be very beneficial, not only for the windsurfers, but as a whole, it ends up being a focal point of this area here," said Darveau.
Cashman says there's no set start date for any projects, and it could be a number of years before some projects come to life.