The bad side to this argument is that the railroad tracks would have to be torn up to create this trail and a lot of effort has gone into restoring train service to Tupper Lake by the Next Stop! Tupper Lake committee. I have also supported the train in the past, but recognize a good idea when I hear one, and now fully support the creation of a recreation trail connecting the tri-lakes. There are also many more community members who support the creation of a trail in Tupper Lake and no one believes our restored train station would go to waste, as it could be utilized as a welcome center, museum, café or bike rental shop to name few.
The bottom line is that there are no outside groups or environmentalists at work here. The ARTA has proposed building a world class recreation trail in the tri-lakes that has the potential to bring many tourists and outdoor enthusiasts to Tupper Lake to enjoy a peaceful, healthy, backcountry experience. The question is, can the residents of Tupper Lake agree on which option would be better for our community? It’s too bad a recreation trail wasn’t proposed earlier, but I support beginning a new campaign titled “First Stop! Tupper Lake” and utilizing our restored train station as a welcome center to great new visitors as they begin their journey down the Great Adirondack Recreation Trail!