ALBANY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo anounced funding for multiple projects on Monday, July 21 that will expand and improve outdoor recreational opportunities in the Adirondack Park, including $750,000 to upgrade the Abanakee Dam on the Indian River, which was the site of the Govenor’s Adirondack Challenge in Indian Lake on July 20 to highlight recreational opportunities and promote the region’s tourism industry.
Additionally, the Governor announced $250,000 for the development of new equestrian facilities and trails in Essex and Hamilton Counties that will transform the region into a premier horseback riding destination, as well as the opening of a new hiking trail leading to OK Slip Falls in the Hudson Gorge Wilderness.
“The Adirondack Park is an unparalleled outdoor destination for New Yorkers and visitors, and also a major driver of tourism and economic activity for the surrounding communities,” Governor Cuomo said. “Yesterday we hosted the Adirondack Challenge to draw attention to all that the region has to offer, and today we’re going a step further by expanding and improving the facilities that help to draw travelers from around the globe. The Park’s lakes and forests are the perfect backdrop for hiking, paddling, horseback riding and so many other outdoor activities, and this funding will help local communities realize the full economic potential of these exceptional natural resources.”
The Adirondack Challenge drew hundreds of elected officials, business leaders and tourism industry representatives to the region for a day of outdoor activities designed to highlight the many opportunities available to travelers. As part of the Challenge, Governor Cuomo participated in a whitewater rafting race with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
The towns of Minerva, Newcomb and North Hudson in Essex County and Indian Lake and Long Lake in Hamilton County will receive a total of $250,000 to develop horseback riding facilities in each of their communities. Among the projects being funded are five parking areas for horse trailers in each town, a pole barn with concrete floor and water, a 1,000 gallon holding tank for disposal of gray water and sewage from trailers, two accessible mounting platforms and a horse washing station.