The Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance (ACRA) awarded three grants to projects that will enhance recreation amenities to benefit Adirondack communities.

ACRA rec grant 2021 web sq IMG 9990The Alliance is a group of community leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and local entrepreneurs dedicated to enhancing and developing recreation assets, increasing region-wide stewardship, and advancing policies to secure long-lasting community and economic benefits for Adirondack towns and villages.

The Northern Forest Center, which facilitates and participates in the Alliance, raised funds for this round of grants. The Alliance awarded approximately $9,000 to develop a pump track for cyclists in Keene, assess mountain biking trail options in Tupper Lake, and improve trails on Panther Mountain near Tupper Lake. 

In Keene, the Keene Youth Commission will use its funding to select a site and develop plans for a pump track to enhance front-country recreation assets in the town. "Having a pump track in Keene will be an amazing amenity for our local kids as well as visitors who come to town,” said Tammy Loewy, Keene Youth Commission Board member. “While we are already known for our recreation opportunities, moving this project forward will really support our youth and their interest in accessible, fun activities that they can enjoy close to home while building skills and confidence."   

In Tupper Lake, the group Recreate Tupper Lake will evaluate the feasibility of developing new mountain bike trails on state land near Route 30 and support unit management planning. "Tupper Lake has been watching other communities reap the economic and recreational benefits of mountain bike trail networks," said Matt Ellis of Recreate Tupper Lake.  "We want to strengthen local assets and give mountain bikers a reason to stop and enjoy what Tupper Lake has to offer – and give locals who love to ride a fabulous option close to home."

The third grant goes to the Piseco Lake Association to make trail improvements to the Panther Mountain Trail to address erosion and overuse, in partnership with the NY Department of Environmental Conservation and the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation. "We're not just supporting important trail maintenance with this grant," said ACRA board member Julia Goren. "We're also supporting a strong partnership and a novel approach to stewarding our natural resources."