People will be able to access a new area of the Saranac River in Plattsburgh in the near future. The town of Plattsburgh will break ground this fall on La Pierre Lane Park.

“The trail system is envisioned as a 26 mile network of trails that basically a braided stream network of trails connecting from the city of Plattsburgh all the way out to the town of Saranac,” said Trevor Cole is the senior planner for the Town of Plattsburgh.

“La Pierre Lane would serve as a hub, it’s right in the hamlet of Morrisonville. It really offers quite an amenity, it’s right on the river, beautiful landscape,” said Cole. 

The park will include an area for meditation, an adventure area for children, and a half mile loop around the grounds.

“We are working on more of the engineering design, we have to work through how to build this out and we are well on the way for that,” said Cole.

Apart of the grand vision is an alternative way for residents to get around their community.

“In the future we can really envision a scenario where people could use that as a commuter route in the summer. There is a whole new generation of people who want to get to work by using their bicycle,” said Cole.

The cost of the expansion will amount to $240,000.

“This project is completely funded through philanthropic organizations, the New York State Health Foundation, and that in partnership with the foundation of CVPH we are also working with business partners in the region as well as community partners,” said Cole.

The project is expected to be done by June 30th, 2018.

For more information on the Saranac River Trail Greenway, click here.