It may have been cloudy and cool—and then poured for a while—but V2A’s “Info/Feedback” tent at City Beach was packed on September 6th.
Our “Stretch Your Summer on the waterfront” event let area officials, activists, planning groups and the public spend the morning together sharing ideas and suggestions about how best to preserve, protect, and enhance our valuable waterfront. Plattsburgh City Mayor Jim Calnon, Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett and Clinton County Deputy Administrator Rodney Brown manned information tables for their various municipalities. The Visitors Bureau shared updates on the area’s Destination Master Plan. The Saranac River Trail partnership showed progress in their efforts. City, Town, and County Recreation leaders shared a table and showed attendees the hundreds of recreation opportunities available. First Weekends officers and volunteers were on hand, and a group from P.A.S.S. celebrated the official opening of the “new” Margaret Street, which offers vastly improved safety and access to our waterfront.
The City, Town, and County, along with their planning consultants, will review the plans they’ve been working on individually and collaboratively, and go through the many ideas offered by the public during the event. More than 250 people came to the beach and contributed their thoughts, so there’s a lot of material to go through. One highlight—at least for two attendees—came with the drawing of their winning tickets in our “Win a FREE kayak or paddleboard” raffle. Olivia and Gail were the lucky winners.
V2A had great support from all our local governments in planning and staging “Stretch Your Summer, ” and also could not have succeeded without wonderful contributions from the Kayak Shack, Taylor Rentals, Smooth Moves, the Cabana Bar, Supreme Sounds and many others.
We’ll keep an eye on developments in waterfront planning, and report back to all of you early in 2015. Stay tuned!