Chester Local and state officials gathered Tuesday to celebrate the opening of the expanded Scaroon Manor Campground and Day Use area, a facility that now accommodates overnight camping.
Covering 241 acres on the west side of Schroon Lake, the campground is considered a prime attraction for vacationers and a prime element in the economies of northern Warren and southern Essex counties.
The new development is on the site of the historic Scaroon Manor resort, considered an important component of local cultural heritage. Many of the original buildings remain intact, with many new facilities built recently by the state.
With its 60 sites, the campground can now accommodate tents, trailers and self-contained RV campers and offers a such amenities as hiking, fishing, motorboating, canoeing, bicycling, waterskiing, picnicking and swimming. The campground also offers extensive barrier-free access for people with mobility limitations, observed state Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens at the ceremony.
“We are thrilled to offer the public a one-of-a-kind campground that has been designed from the ground up to provide access to the natural beauty of the Adirondack Park to people of all abilities,” he said, thanking employees of Warren County and the towns of Chester and Schroon Lake for their help in the project.
Sen. Betty Little said she approved of the upgrades.
“Scaroon Manor is a real treasure that is now accessible to all and that is something wonderful to celebrate,” she said.
All campsites, showers and restrooms, boat docks, fishing piers and designed to surpass requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, officials said.
Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward said that Scaroon Manor now offers an affordable vacation close to many Capital Region residents.
“The campground offers a relaxing atmosphere in a beautiful setting for North Country residents and tourists alike,” she said.
Construction on the project began in 2004, and the Day Use area was opened to the public in 2006. Last year, the facility was closed to the public due to state budget cutbacks, angering local officials. Work, however was resumed on the ambitious project, quelling the objections.
At the ribbon-cutting, Town of Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe praised the collaborative project, noting the new facilities would boost the area’s economy.
“I applaud the long awaited development of the magnificent Scaroon Manor property,” he said, noting its two miles of scenic shoreline.
Karen Thayer of Southern Adirondack Independent Living Center, praised the facility’s accessibility for all.
“The campground presents an unparalleled opportunity for people with disabilities to fully appreciate the beauty of the North Country — and to spend real quality time with friends and family,” she said.