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Ticonderoga to dedicate new beach pavilion

TICONDEROGA Black Point Beach may never be what it was decades ago, but theres no reason it cant be a popular destination for Ticonderoga residents and visitors. Anybody who grew up in the 50s, 60s, even the 70s, going to the beach is what you did, said Joyce Cooper, chairwoman of the town beach committee. Black Point Beach was summer for us. Youd spend your whole day there. Itll never be like the good old days, she continued. There wont be a concession stand because (state) Department of Health regulations are too restraining, and there cant be a juke box. It cant be like it was, but it can still be a wonderful place. Central to the beach revitalization is a new pavilion at the Ticonderoga town beach on Black Point Road that will be formally opened and dedicated Sunday, June 22, at 2 p.m. The ceremony will include Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick, Ti trustee Dorcey Crammond, Lake George Association Executive Director Walt Lender of Ticonderoga, state Sen. Betty Little and Cooper. Refreshments will be served. Funding for the building came from a capital grant secured by Little. The 900 square foot building accommodates changing areas and handicap-accessible rest rooms for both genders as well as a small storage area for equipment and an ample covered portico for shelter from sun and rain. Cooper said its a green building, utilizing low-flow water fixtures, natural lighting through translucent ceiling panels and low-energy electrical fixtures. It also has an outdoor shower for rinsing off after swimming. The beach house also features interpretive signage about the Lake George ecosystem and lake-friendly living. The interpretive signage was underwritten by a grant from the International Paper Company Foundation. EF Nolan Builders of Ticonderoga constructed the pavilion. Helping with the project were the town highway department, town water and sewer department, Rich Bennett of the Ti beautification crew, prisoners of the Moriah Shock Camp and Ti Eagle Scout Pat Dunn, who built a fence at the beach. I think the grounds look great, Cooper said. We have a new slide donated by the Elks last year. The Kiwanis put in a basketball court. The youth theatre group gave us the money for the volleyball set up. Its been marvelous they way people have stepped up to help. Cooper noted the Kiwanis helped fund the well at the beach and the Carillon Garden Club joined with the LGA to fund native plants and a rain garden at the site. Dave DeFranco of DeFranco Landscaping also contributed to the project. I think the beach is something the town can now market as a tourist attraction, Cooper said. It has the best view of any public beach on Lake George without a doubt. Its a real treasure. Cooper hopes the beach will become a destinations for local families wishing to swim, picnic and relax.

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