The Center helped Tupper Lake secure a $100,000-grant to support recreation planning and development through the Smart Growth grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

Cycling with child AdirondacksThe goal of the project is to expand year-round recreation opportunities to support the tourism economy and create a framework that will help prioritize resources and position the community for future economic growth.

At a November public meeting held by the DEC in Tupper Lake, numerous local residents spoke about the need to create a more stable year-round economy in the community and give visitors more reasons and opportunities to visit in all seasons.

Key partners in this effort include grant recipient Town of Tupper Lake as well as the Village of Tupper Lake, the Wild Center, and others. This work will also capitalize on the Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance’s future place-based initiatives. The Alliance is a new, ad-hoc group dedicated to enhancing and developing new community-based recreation assets.