Crown Points gets waterfront grant

CROWN POINT - Crown Point has received a state grant to make improvements at its Monitor Bay Park.

The town has been awarded a $117,500 Environmental Protection Fund grant that will be used to repair a sea wall at the town boat launch, Supervisor Bethany Kosmider said.

"The sea wall is in disrepair; it's partially collapsed into the lake," Kosmider said. "It's made of old rail road ties and needs a lot of work."

The grant money will only pay for half the project. Crown Point will match the grant with in-kind services, doing much of the work with town resources.

Kosmider hopes to have the work done before summer.

"Last year we lost a lot of revenue because we couldn't dock boats at Monitor Bay," she said. "I'd like to be able to dock boats this year."

Kosmider is also hopeful a renovated dock will lead to the community hosting fishing tournaments on Lake Champlain. A representative of BASS attended the Jan. 14 town board meeting to discuss potential tournaments.

"It (a fishing tournament) would be a boast to the community," Kosmider said.

The supervisor hopes the renovated dock will be the first step in a rejuvenated Monitor Bay Park. She intends to seek other waterfront grants to make more improvements.

"I'd like to see the beach back at Monitor Bay," she said.

The beach at the park closed nearly 30 years ago because of water quality issues.

"I've spoken to an engineer about extending the pipe for our sewer treatment plant beyond the pier to see if that would help with the water quality," Kosmider said. "I don't want to spend a lot of money on it, but it would be nice to see the beach come back.

"We have such a beautiful lake," she added. "We need to capitalize on that resource."

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