Several thousand people of all ages enjoy swimming, sunbathing and socializing on the Fourth of July at Million Dollar Beach on Lake George. State officials announced recently that they are going to invest about 3 million into upgrades at the state-owned facility, which is considered a prime attraction in the southern basin of the lake.
The state will be undertaking $3 million of improvements at Million Dollar Beach on Lake George, including repaving the parking lot with environmentally-friendly porous pavement designed to curb stormwater pollution of the lake — and moving an existing boat launch to a new site east of the beach. The launch facility would be constructed to allow room for a portable boat-washing station.
The state’s forthcomiåçng work on the parking lot follows Warren County’s extensive reconstruction of Beach Road, also featuring porous pavement, in a project that last year received nationwide attention for its ecological innovation.
The county has already paved either side of the state-owned stretch that has been in disrepair for some time.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation officials anticipate that construction of the section of Beach Road beyond Fort George Road would begin this fall and be completed in late spring next year. Repaving the parking lot and the construction of boat launch is expected to begin by fall 2014 and be completed in spring 2015.
Local officials said that they were pleased that the state was upgrading the roadway and parking lot that had been in substandard condition for years.
“Million Dollar Beach is the state’s highest profile facility on this end of the lake,” Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said. “I’m glad they joined in with the county’s road restoration effort.”
Lake George Town Supervisor Dennis Dickinson also praised the paving work, noting it would reduce stormwater pollution as stormwater would soak through the pavement into the ground, rather than flowing into the lake unfiltered.
He also praised their initiative to establish a new boat launch that could accommodate a boat washing station — as he has lobbied for mandatory boat inspection and washing as required for all vessels launched in Lake George to curb the spread of invasive species.
“This is a wonderful development,” he said, noting that moving the existing boat launch to the east side of the beach would increase its accessibility.
Warren County Board of Supervisors Chairman Kevin Geraghty praised the use of porous pavement and its ecological benefits, noting that DEC will be matching the county’s paving project which represents “cutting edge” technology.
“DEC’s contribution is a big plus for our efforts to protect the water quality of Lake George,” he said.