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Bolton park and streetscape upgrades to be revealed

BOLTON LANDING - With the help of municipal planners, the Town of Bolton hasprepared its Hamlet Sustainability Plan and the public is now invited to a presentation of the draft plan's concepts.

The plan includes revitalization and enhancements for Rogers Memorial Park and the town pier, the Lake Shore Drive streetscape, Veteran's Park, and the Norowal Marina.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 at the Bolton Town Hall. A formal presentation of the master plan is scheduled for 7:20 p.m. and will be followed by an exchange of comments and questions. Members of the advisory committee and the design team will be available for review and comment.

Town residents are encouraged to arrive at 7 p.m. to review the drawings in advance of the presentation.

The Town of Bolton was awarded a Smart Growth grant from the Environmental Protection Fund in 2008 to prepare a master plan for Bolton Landing. This development plan is intended to provide a detailed blueprint for Bolton Landing to grow in an economically sustainable manner that is in harmony with the region and its natural attributes, according to Tracey Clothier of the LA Group, a municipal planning and architecture firm. The LA Group helped draft the plan based on ideas offered at a series of public workshops.

The master plan focuses on improving the long-term function and efficiency of land use, parking, streetscape, underutilized building and spaces, pedestrian circulation and walkways, infrastructure, visual aesthetics, and condition and operation of public parks.

The study area is the geographic area along Route 9N between Bixby Beach Road at the south of the hamlet and the Darrin Freshwater Institute to the north.

The main objective of the proposed hamlet improvement effort is to retain and improve the economic vitality that the community presently experiences, Clothier said. Townspeople realize that aesthetics and the appearance of the downtown condition are important elements towards retaining its tourism base, she said.

"The community's approach is strategic and forward thinking in that it sees that visitors have an ever-changing and increasing set of expectations," she said, noting that the plan was drafted with the knowledge that there are more and more communities nationally that are competing for tourism.

Those unable to attend Tuesday's meeting may follow the progress of the Bolton Landing Hamlet Sustainability Plan through the Town's website: http://town.bolton.ny.us.

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