More than $1 million in state funding for "smart growth" projects has been awarded to communities in the Adirondack Park, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said this week.
A total of $1.35 million went to communities in the Adirondacks and Catskills, money Cuomo said will help develop tourism based on the communities' natural beauty and outdoor recreational opportunities.
"Through this latest round of Smart Growth grants, these communities will have the resources they need to build on six years of tourism and economic growth by completing new smart, sustainable projects to attract even more visitors for decades to come," Cuomo said in a prepared statement, apparently referring to his rise to the governor's seat six years ago.
In the southeastern Adirondacks, the projects that received funding include:
- Warren County: $67,936 to promote cultural amenity projects in the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor, which follows the route of a historic railroad line along the Hudson River from Corinth to North Creek.
- Lake Luzerne: The Adirondack Folk School received $18,700 toward video promotions for the school.
- Hamilton County: $60,000 toward developing a plan to promote a bicycle tourism economy in the southern Adirondacks.
- Lake George: The Lake George Land Conservancy is receiving $40,000 toward reconstructing a trail on conservancy land at Pilot Knob.
- Johnsburg: $73,981 for improvements at Ski Bowl Park, including at the beach and on the Little Gore Summit Trail.
- Indian Lake: The town is receiving $73,500 toward development of gateway facilities in the Indian Lake hamlet to aid visitors coming to the Essex Chain Lakes and Cedar River Flow.
- Village of Northville: $42,000 toward a zoning update.
- Caroga: $6,000 toward a conceptual plan for trails in the Wheelerville area.
Projects in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, Willsboro, Port Henry and Crown Point also received funding, as did six projects in the Catskills.
The governor's office said all the projects are locally led initiatives.