Gillibrand pledged her support, saying she would work on seeking a grant for the Plattsburgh facility.
Resident Lou Kerth was concerned about the younger generations disdain for outdoor activities. He was worried about the future of the Adirondack Park as youth lost interest in conservation, and leaders needed to figure out a plan to encourage a love for nature.
Think about whats coming as a younger generation no longer finds nature of interest, said Kerth. We have begun to lose the children to electronics. Young people today are starting to become afraid of nature.
Gillibrand suggested that promoting the outdoors as one of the possible tactics to fight childhood obesity by encouraging more activity. She suggested holding an obesity forum in Lake Placid next year in Lake Placid to help promote the region.
While in Lake Placid, Gillibrand presented copies of House resolutions recognizing the 75th anniversary of the 1932 Olympics, and in turn was given the key to Lake Placid.
Gillibrand is serving her first term as U.S. Representative to New Yorks Twentieth Congressional District, which stretches across Saratoga, Dutchess, Columbia, Rensselaer, Washington, Warren, Delaware, Greene, Essex and Otsego Counties.