Bolton Landing's Rogers Park, which provides a scenic overlook of Lake George, will be getting some upgrades this next year — the Bolton Town Board voted last week to approve a roster of park upgrades as well as constructing a town visitors center in the park adjacent to Lake Shore Drive, and provide for expansion of the Bolton Historical Museum. Photo courtesy of LA Group Architects
The Bolton Town Board voted June 3 to endorse a roster of upgrades to Rogers Park, including construction of a new visitors center.
Approved was a conceptual site plan, calling for improvements to park lighting and stormwater drainage, as well as erection of a new park entryway and installation of a watering system for the park grounds. The site plans also feature potential expansion of the Bolton Historical Museum, which is situated on the edge of the park. Improvements to the park’s north dock are also included.
The upgrades had been proposed by a 22-member citizens advisory committee, collaborating with the Bolton Chamber of Commerce and the local recreation commission and Bolton Historical Society.
Bolton Supervisor Ron Conover said Tuesday June 10 he was pleased with the plans which prompted a unanimous vote from the board after a presentation by Tim Larson of The LA Group architectural and planning firm of Saratoga Springs.
Conover noted that the project is envisioned to cost $850,000. A state grant of $350,000 would be matched with about as much money now in a town capital improvement fund dedicated to Rogers Park improvements. Since a balance of $150,000 or so exists, some of the aspects of the project are likely to be delayed for a second phase, he said.
The expansion of the town museum isn’t included in the project budget, Conover said, noting that the town is applying for a separate state grant to bankroll the construction. The grant is likely to be augmented by funds raised by the historical society, he said.
“These upgrades will have no effect on the town’s operating budget,” he said, noting that money from various grants have been saved over several years for the project.
“The Town Board has been very conscientious over the years saving for this,” Conover added.
Work on the improvements could begin in Spring 2015, he said. The next step in the project is to prepare detailed designs for a visitors center and schematics for the other improvements. Some site work could be undertaken as early as this fall, when detailed plans are expected from The LA Group.
Conover said that a new, accommodating visitors center would be appreciated by visitors and residents alike.
“Bolton is very busy,” he said. “And the visitors center would be a gateway to our area, dispensing information on what we offer not only in Bolton but in the region, whether it’s activities on land or water — or sites of historical interest.”