Ti dedicates Gateway Park

TICONDEROGA - Betty Little had a chance to see the fruits of her labor during a visit to Ticonderoga recently.

The state senator attended the dedication of Ti's new Gateway Park, toured the updated Ticonderoga Heritage Museum/Visitor Center and crossed the reconstructed Frasier Bridge - all projects completed with money Little secured.

"We're going to make this Sen. Little Day in Ticonderoga," Ti Supervisor Bob Dedrick said during the Gateway Park dedication. "There are so many people to thank, particularly Sen. Little."

LIttle deflected the praise.

"It's amazing to see what good people can do when they put their heads together and work together," Little said. "It's a great gateway to the community. I'm very pleased, very impressed with what you've been able to do."

Gateway Park is located at the intersection of Montcalm Street and Route 22/74. It was designed by the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership in an attempt to attract Fort Ticonderoga visitors into the hamlet.

It features five flags - American, Canadian, British, French and New York State - on lighted, 30-foot tall poles, an information kiosk and plants.

"It's taking shape," Dedrick said of the park, which still needs some landscaping and signage. "More than 80,000 people come down this road (from Fort Ti) each summer. We want them to notice we're here. It (the park) is inviting those people to visit us."

Little provided $25,000 in state money for the park project.

Peter Reale, a member of the design committee, researched and recommended the types of poles to order. The Ti town highway department installed the poles. A.T. Morette installed the electrical connections and up-lighting for the flags.

"It is expected that this team effort will result in the expansion of economic benefits from tourism for Ticonderoga, its historic downtown, and all area businesses and attractions," said Susan Rathbun of the Ticonderoga Main Street Partnership.

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