Residents invited to participate in discussion on recreation in Clinton County

Residents invited to participate in discussion on recreation in Clinton County

Recreation plays important role in health and vibrancy of local communities

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Bicycling along the Saranac River Trail, hiking in the Adirondack Mountains, canoeing the Saranac River and kayaking on Lake Champlain are just a few of the recreational opportunities Clinton County residents can undertake almost any day. The impact these recreational activities and others can have on the future of Clinton County will be the focus of the second community discussion sponsored by the Partnership for Community Development.

A roundtable discussion on the weekly program, Mountain Lake Journal (Thursday, April 12, 8 p.m. on Mountain Lake PBS), will kick off the community-wide conversation. Thom Hallock, host of Mountain Lake Journal, will talk with Laurie Williams, coordinator of the Clinton County Health Department’s Health Education Unit, and Steve Peters, superintendent of the Plattsburgh City Recreation Department, about how important recreation is in creating a vibrant community.

On Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m., the discussion will move to the Frances and Hyman Krinovitz Recital Hall on the first floor of Hawkins Hall at SUNY Plattsburgh. The Recreation Task Force will present a community report on recreational activities in Clinton County.

Laurie Williams, Coordinator of the Clinton County Health Department’s Health Education Unit, will discuss how recreation is an important ingredient in creating a healthier community. Molly Flynn (Clinton County Recreation Department), Melanie Defayette (Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Department) and Steve Peters (Plattsburgh City Recreation Department) will provide overviews of the current recreational programs.

Alissa Momot, a graduate of Beekmantown High School and a freshman on the University of Hartford women’s soccer team, will talk about what recreation activities can mean for local youth. Local businessman and sports enthusiast Neil Fesette will speak about centralized coordination of recreational opportunities in the region. This event is open to the public.

A week later on Thursday, April 26, at 8 p.m., the public is encouraged to participate in a special live edition of Mountain Lake Journal on Mountain Lake PBS. The live call-in show will continue the discussion on the impact these recreational activities and others will have on the future of Clinton County and its residents.

“While businesses looking to grow their operations seek adequate facilities, transportation and an excellent workforce, they are also seeking a great quality of life for their current and future employees and families,” said Luke Cyphers, coordinator of the Vision2Action Recreation Task Force. “Clinton County is one of the most beautiful areas in the country to enjoy the outdoors, and people are discovering this.”

Bob Smith, chair of the Partnership for Community Development and president of Nine Platt Hospitality Group, said people are being encouraged to get out more and exercise. He pointed to the Saranac River Trail and the upcoming Plattsburgh Half Marathon on Sunday, April 22, as recent initiatives drawing attention to efforts that can make Clinton County a healthier community.

“We see an opportunity to support the efforts of the Health Department and CVPH Medical Center,” said Smith. “The positive things that are occurring will make this a vibrant community where families can thrive.”


Partnership for Community Development Moves Vision2Action

The Partnership for Community Development is focused on a number of goals in its Vision2Action program. They include:

  • Attract 3000 new families to the region by 2040;
  • Create a dynamic and engaged public to address our the future of our community;
  • Build a welcoming environment for new families to call home
  • Promote a sense of regional pride.

After the presentations on recreation in Clinton County are completed, two other community forums and presentations will be held this year. They include:

  • Transportation – Moving People Regionally (Tuesday, July 24)
  • Education – Cradle to Career (Thursday, Oct. 11)

For more information on the community discussion on recreation or to register for the April 19 presentation at SUNY Plattsburgh, go to or visit our Facebook page at You can also contact the Partnership for Community Development via email at


Date: Apr. 6, 2012
Contact: Luke Cyphers
(518) 324-3250


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