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Charles Wood Park construction bids awarded

Progressing on a project that has been pending for nearly a decade, Lake George Village officials awarded five bids May 2 to develop the former Gaslight Village property into an environmental park and festival area. Named for the late Charles R. Wood, a local philanthropist and the godfather of theme parks worldwide, the park is envisioned to be a natural gateway into the Adirondacks that will provide a renewing, relaxing experience for generations of residents and visitors. The park is to include nature walkways and overlooks, fitness trails, water features a children’s adventure area and a skateboard park.

Progressing on a project that has been pending for nearly a decade, Lake George Village officials awarded five bids May 2 to develop the former Gaslight Village property into an environmental park and festival area. Named for the late Charles R. Wood, a local philanthropist and the godfather of theme parks worldwide, the park is envisioned to be a natural gateway into the Adirondacks that will provide a renewing, relaxing experience for generations of residents and visitors. The park is to include nature walkways and overlooks, fitness trails, water features a children’s adventure area and a skateboard park. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The effort to develop an environmental park in Lake George Village moved forward this week as the village board voted to approve bids totaling $1.7 million in construction work.

Approved May 2 were bids for the site work and landscaping, as well as construction of trails, ecological parking areas, water features and pedestrian bridges — and a park headquarters with rest rooms.

The Charles Wood Park, envisioned to be a natural gateway to the Adirondacks, is situated at the southern end of the lake, off Canada St. just south of Fort William Henry. The northern half of the park — nearly 17 acres total — features a 2.5-acre festival area with a portable stage along with a children’s play area with an interactive fountain and a skateboard park. The southern half, just south of West Brook Road, hosts nature trails and scenic overlooks as well as wetlands constructed to purify stormwater.

Site work, which includes constructing a parking area with reinforcement underneath grass turf, was awarded to Cutting Edge Group of Lake George, for $1.01 million — the lowest among eight bids.

The construction of the park building was awarded to Riverview Construction of Rexford NY for $526,800 — also the lowest among eight bids.

Both the plumbing for the park building and its heating and air conditioning were awarded to Phoenix Group for a combined sum of $115,385. Kasselman Electric of Albany was awarded the electrical work for $39,895.

Village Mayor Robert Blais said the bids came in about $400,000 less than estimated, so leftover grant funds could likely be reallocated towards water features and signage for the festival space, decreasing the amount shouldered locally.

The construction bids were awarded subject to review by the state Department of Transportation and Department of State.

The village is to advertise for bids for construction of the skate park in several weeks.

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