He stressed that the region is unique and must be better promoted.
Clinton County Recreation Director Molly Flynn discussed the programs she coordinates for area youth, while Melanie Defayette, Town of Plattsburgh Recreation Director, outlined what the town has to offer.
Peters then described the many programs and opportunities available through the City of Plattsburgh.
Local businessman Neil Fesette suggested the three entities combine, joining forces to offer more programs while saving money. He suggested the area create a local parks and recreation institute.
“Wouldn’t it be neat if all you guys were working under one roof and it was a unified effort?”
This would enhance promotion efforts and provide a central information source. Resources and budgets would be pooled together for the benefit of the area, Fesette said.
“When businesses merge there are natural efficiencies,” he said. “We need to make our recreation opportunities as good as we can make them. Do we want to be status quo, or do we want to step it up?”