First phase of Frontier Town redevelopment complete

Published: Oct. 4, 2018 at 5:18 PM EDT
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Frontier Town is getting a boost from the state of New York. The former western theme park in the Adirondacks has seen about $25 million in public and private funding to re-purpose it into a camping and community area. Now, project organizers are celebrating the completion of the first phase.

The Wild West is back. Frontier Town -- but just a little bit different than the former western theme park.

"I'm just walking down and there are horses and what? I had no clue there would be horses here, so it was touching," said Randy Preston with the Essex County Board of Supervisors.

The Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area is officially open for business..

"We -- as in our little core group -- met several times about the vision for this place. And just what an honor to see what this has turned out to be, and it was a vision -- not just one persons, but a group," Preston said.

Campers will have acres to choose from, with 33 equestrian camping sites and two day use areas. Paradox Brewry -- currently under construction -- will also call Frontier Town home.

"This is apart of the vision for the Adirondacks, part of the vision for restoring our balance between getting people outdoors and bringing them to a sustainable place where they can recreate," said New York DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos.

Now run by the DEC, Seggos says the park was designed to keep two things in mind. "One, is accessibility. We wanted to make sure this location here as a hub for the Adirondacks was accessible to anybody who wanted to get here. You'll see the gentle grade -- the slopes. The trails all designed to be accessible," he said.

The other goal was a green design. "Everything that was built here was designed with the environment in mind. Very little runoff to effect the local river. All the rain that's captured on site and is slowly released into the environment. We have solar panels, very little site lighting to preserve energy," said Jeff Luck with Luck Brother's Inc., a Plattsburgh construction firm.

Next comes phase two for Frontier Town. That will call for RV and trailer parking, adding 45 tent sites, electric vehicle charging stations, more equestrian trails, and boat washing stations. They hope to have that completed sometime next year.

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