NORTH HUDSON, N.Y. (WCAX) Frontier Town-- where Wild West dreams once became a reality. After the closure of the theme park in the late 1990s, the town of North Hudson changed.
"Businesses closed, jobs were lost. So now we have a new opportunity of hope with this project," Town Supervisor Ronald Moore said.
For years, the town and county have been looking for ways to redevelop the property. Now, they are working with the state to turn the former theme park into a recreation area.
"I think it's about time something was done with that really good real estate that's been sitting idle for so long ever since Frontier Town went belly up," said Sarah "Sally" Vinskus, the North Hudson town clerk.
The overgrown land will soon be home to 91 campsites, mountain biking and snowmobiling trails, and even equestrian use areas. Construction hopefully will start after the new year.
"This is going to be a project that is not just going to benefit North Hudson, there's going to be enough jobs that it's going to benefit surrounding communities," Moore said.
Supporters of the project believe the abandoned lands will be full of jobs and tourists coming to visit the "Gateway of the Adirondacks."
"It gives us a lot of hope for the future," Moore said.
The plans also include plots for private investors, so long as it sticks to the "small Adirondack town" theme.
"This is just going to bolster their businesses and just make them stronger," Moore said.
Moore says it's really a win-win situation.
"What we're hoping is that we can sort of balance the use of the park to create these recreational opportunities and boost the tourism, and at the same time we're protecting the environment because that's what it's all about," he said.
Moore said the plans are funded through state and conservation funding. They hope everything will be open come summer 2019.