Saranac Lake Park Vision Plan
The primary purpose of the project focused on establishing a unique and holistic plan to enhance key parks in the Village of Saranac Lake, including the development of visionary designs and prioritized improvements throughout the Village’s park system. The Village Board of Trustees, the Community Development Department and the Parks and Trails Advisory Board lead a coordinated public participation process that was supported by the local residents and regional stakeholders. The visioning process included community workshops to solicit programming needs and build consensus for the park uses, recreational opportunities, preservation features and to ensure that a wide range of amenities were provided in the Village’s parks.
Chazen reviewed the existing conditions, recreational features, opportunities and challenges for eleven (11) parks with the Village of Saranac, this included coordinating recreational and preservation programs for each park. Chazen developed conceptual designs, plans and illustrative perspectives to best program each park. We conducted community workshops and met with key stakeholders to evaluate the conceptual park designs and programming. We then prepared the final Park Vision Concept plans and prepared estimates of probable cost to implement the recommendations at each park. The parks included in the Park Vision Plan served as a tremendous community resource that the Village is continuously leveraging for the benefit of its residents and as dynamic destinations for visitors. The project was funded in part by the New York Department of State Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program.