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DEC plans $13M rec complex at former Frontier Town
December 7, 2017

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NORTH HUDSON - Commissioner Basil Seggos of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced plans for the $13 million Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area Thursday.

The application for the plans was deemed complete by the state Adirondack Park Agency, and the projects will be built on the site of former the Frontier Town theme park in North Hudson.

The DEC will host information sessions on these developments at 3 and 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 at the North Hudson Town Hall.

The DEC campground plans were designed by C.T. Male Associates, an engineering and landscape architecture company, through a contract with the state Office of General Services.

The campground will have 91 campsites in total: 45 tent, 33 equestrian and 13 RV.

The tent grounds will include three group camping sites, two shower buildings, two pavilions and a playground.

The equestrian grounds were modeled after DEC's Otter Creek facilities in Glenfield, near Lowville, and will feature amenities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The RV grounds will include electrical hookups, fireplaces and water spigots.

A year-round day-use area will be located off Frontier Town Road near U.S. Route 9 with parking for 26 vehicles, including 18 parking spaces for vehicles with snowmobile trailers. A seasonal day-use area with 34 parking spaces will be on the shoreline of the Schroon River.

These projects were mentioned in Gov. Andrew Cuomo's 2017 State of the State address in January, when he announced a plan to make a $32 million private-public investment into a world-class recreation and tourism hub for a "Gateway to the Adirondacks" off Exit 29 in the town of North Hudson.

The DEC is still waiting on approval from the APA, but the department expects to begin work in February 2018, with the year-round day-use area being operational by fall 2018 and the rest of the projects being completed by summer 2019.

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