Minutes of Friends of Saranac River Trail Meeting, Dec. 4, 2014

Friends of the Saranac River Trail

Meeting Summary

December 4, 2014   4:00 PM

City Hall, Community Room

Ashley Cousens, Secretary 

Press-Republican Article

Nice article about us in the Press-Republican. Read it here.

And join us in the Community Room on December 4, 2014 (Thursday) for our Fall Meeting.

Friends of Saranac River Trail, Inc. Fall Meeting

WHAT: Friends of Saranac River Trail, Inc. Fall Meeting

WHEN: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 4 PM

WHERE: Community Room, Plattsburgh City Hall

WHO: Open to the public


  • Talks, Treks, and Tasks — Introducing our 2015 event program
  • Update on Phase 2 of Saranac River Trail
  • Update Max Moore Memorial Treehouse 
  • Volunteer options!

Friends of the Saranac River Trail is a grass-roots group formed to develop and promote the tourist, recreational, commercial, historical, and natural opportunities of the Saranac River Trail by providing public information; coordinating volunteer opportunities; developing and purchasing trail amenities such as signs, benches, and the universally accessible Max Moore Memorial Treehouse

Friends of Saranac River Trail is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered by the State of New York and registered with the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau. 

SUMMARY: Now that the Friends of Saranac River Trail is a full-fledged nonprofit organization, this meeting lets us get together to discuss and refine our plans for 2015. As the winds blow and the snow falls, we can take the time to plan events that will help even more people enjoy more events on the Trail when the snow melts next Spring. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 16:00

September 2014

Saranac River Trail is featured at Stretch Your Summer On the Waterfront at Plattsburgh City Beach on September 6, 2014. The Saranac River Trail is now 3, so come help us celebrate. That's three trail projects completed and in the works.

Saranac River Trail (SRT)

The original Saranac River Trail runs for 1.5 miles through the City of Plattsburgh. As outlined in the feasibility study from 2006, it's a three-way partnership among the City of Plattsburgh, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, and a citizens advisory committee. We also planned to extend the Trail both in the City and up the Saranac River, and now that's happening. The Trail has been open for business (if your business is walking, biking, blading, or sitting to watch the river) for a couple of years now. The citizens advisory committee has morphed into an official non-profit corporation chartered by the State of New York and recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Meanwhile, the City, its consultants, and its engineers have been working diligently on plans for the next phase.

Saranac River Trail Phase 2 (SRT2)

The NYS Department of Transportation announced the funding of SRT2 for $1.6 million at the beginning of 2014. Engineering is under way now with construction beginning in the fall of 2015 and being completed in 2016. Citizen input is welcomed and solicited. Watch the media and/or subscribe to our news updates on saranacrivertrail.org for news of public meetings. When completed, SRT will run for about three miles from George Angell Drive (behind the high school), across the campus, along Pine Street, and across the Saranac Street Bridge to a new pedestrian/bicycling bridge to the foot of Durkee Street and downtown Plattsburgh. A spur off Pine Street will provide a safe connection to Stafford Middle School.

Saranac River Trail Greenway (SRTG)

Meanwhile, plans are underway to extent the Saranac River Trail into the Town of Plattsburgh and further up the Saranac River. Planning has been funded through New York State.

Saranac River Trail App 2.1

The free Saranac River Trail app 2.1 is now on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saranac-river-trail/id641660847?ls=1&mt=8. This version adds the Kent-DeLord House War of 1812 Bike Trail as well as a few bug fixes. The previous version (2.0) added social media interfaces so that users can share items via Facebook, Twitter, messages, and email.

Saranac River Trail App 2.0

Saranac River Trail app 2.0 is now on the App Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saranac-river-trail/id641660847?ls=1&mt=8. I'm still in awe of how the App Store makes it possible for an independent developer to gain access to a global audience.

This version adds social media interfaces so that users can share items via Facebook, Twitter, messages, and email.

National Trails Day - Saturday June 7

Meet at Pine Street and the Saranac Street Bridge from 9 am - noon to help with a cleanup of Saranac River Trail. In addition to the cleanup, get together with other Trail fans to find out about upcoming events on the Saranac River Trail.

Kevin Farrington, City Engineer, will talk about Phase II of the Trail. Other participants include Sunrise Rotary, Max Moore Memorial Treehouse, Algonquin Chapter - Adirondack Mountain Club, and PIB. At 11 AM, Mayor James E. Calnon and Donald H. Wickman director of the Kent Delord House will make trail-related announcements.

Friends of Saranac River Trail Meeting

Friends of Saranac River Trail, Inc. holds its first meeting on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in the Community Room at City Hall. On the agenda are updates on Phase II of the Trail which was recently funded with $1.6 million from New York State, as well as the Max Moore Memorial Treehouse project. There will also be an open discussion of plans for National Trails Day on Saturday, June 7, 2014. The meeting is open to the public.

Saranac River Trail Phase 2 is Funded (January 15, 2014)

Max Moore Memorial Treehouse

The Max Moore Memorial Tree House is a universally accessible tree house that will be built along the Saranac River Trail in Plattsburgh. Equipped with a special ramp, the tree house will offer recreation opportunities to the entire community, including those with limited mobility. The universal design concepts that will be utilized for the construction of the tree house will allow access by wheelchairs and strollers, offering a rare opportunity for everyone, including the disabled and young children, to enjoy a real tree house overlooking the scenic Saranac River.

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