Town of Bolton
Land conserved by the LGLC works to filter, clean, and protect the water that flows into Lake George, and it will continue to do so for generations to come. While this is our focus
and primary goal of all of our land conservation efforts, the benefits don’t need to end there. We are working with the Town of Bolton to use protected land in another way: our preserves, managed lands, and future acquisitions within Bolton will help the town to become a premier destination for outdoor recreation and exploration, and be an asset to the downtown economy.
The idea of the Town of Bolton as a “recreational hub” started with Bolton Town Supervisor Ron Conover and Tony Hall, owner of the Lake George Mirror, a regional newspaper based out of Bolton Landing. After learning that Bolton rivals Lake Placid for the number of people visiting for recreational purposes, the two thought that Bolton should take advantage of its unique advantages.
In response, the LGLC, the Town, and the Bolton Landing Chamber of Commerce came together and asked The Chazen Companies to develop a plan. The resulting Bolton Recreational Hub Strategy, published 05/10/2019, is a 96-page compilation of stakeholder interviews, an inventory of existing trails and public spaces, reviews of past plans, and recommendations for moving forward.
For the LGLC, the plan offers ideas for improvements on existing preserves that will offer better experiences for visitors, including ways that people can learn about the importance of
protecting land for the benefit of water quality. The plan also identifies potential opportunities to connect existing LGLC preserves to State lands for expanded recreation (including multi-use trails) and natural resource protection.
“We know that you can conserve land and protect water quality while, at the same time, providing public access,” Paul Cummings, co-author of the plan, told the Lake George Mirror. “These things are not mutually exclusive.”
If the recommendations in the plan were fully implemented, a person could start a hike from Bolton Landing’s downtown and reach Tongue Mountain and much of Bolton’s uplands, following wooded trails for nearly the whole experience.
For the Town, the plan identifies ways to create a marketing campaign that would allow visitors to learn about these opportunities and all that Bolton has to offer. Marketing the system of trails and connecting them to the restaurants and businesses in town would be the responsibility of the Town and Chamber. However, as a member of the Chamber, the LGLC will help with this aspect of the plan where possible within its own materials.
Ultimately, the Hub will work to enhance our ability to protect land and provide opportunities to increase the public’s understanding of why our work is important to the lake. At the same time, it will provide a benefit to the community where we work. The Bolton Recreational Hub is a real win for Lake George.
- Recognizable branding for the Hub, used on signage and handout materials;
- Road and trailhead “wayfinding” signage to help visitors easily find and identify properties that are part of the Hub;
- Educational signage along trails to enhance visitor experience and increase opportunities for learning about land conservation and our native plants and animals;
- Smart marketing to draw new visitors to year-round recreational opportunities while increasing traffic to the Bolton downtown and regional businesses.