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For Broadalbin, NY residents, the long wait is finally over - construction of a new town park is underway! However, you'll find more than just picnic tables and benches at this park. Once complete, this large-scale park project is expected to include everything from recreational fields to a public pavilion.

The City of Plattsburgh is a popular access point for Adirondack visitors because of its train station and airport. Although it's located right outside the Blue Line, Plattsburgh could become even more connected to the Adirondacks, thanks to a proposed 27-mile recreational trail linking the city to Saranac.

Photo: Friends of Saranac River Trail
Adirondack architect William L. Coulter is renowned for designing Great Camps in the Saranac Lake area. One of his creations, Great Camp Eagle Island, stands out among the rest for being a girls' summer camp for over five decades. Although the historic camp was forced to close in 2008, a nonprofit group has purchased Eagle Island and plans to revitalize it by 2018.

Photo Credit: Friends of Eagle Island, Inc.
Built around the late 19th century, the Great Camps of the Adirondacks are recognized as historic landmarks in the park. Although some have been preserved and can be visited by the public, the impressive Great Camp Uncas, which was previously owned by financier J.P. Morgan, is now on the market.

Photo Credit: Real Estate Broker Michael R. Franklin (J.P. Morgan's Adirondack Great Camp Uncas)
Ice out is quickly approaching in the Adirondacks, which means it's time to guess when the ice will be off of Schroon Lake again. The Schroon Lion's Club hosts an ice-out contest each year, where entrants guess the date and time that the ice will melt on the lake.

Have you ever left the Adirondacks and wished there was a way you could show your love for the region? Ticonderoga resident Rebecca Rapple believes there should be an image to unify fans of the Adirondacks, so she has designed a new Adirondack Park flag!

Photo Credit: Adirondackflag.com
Anyone who has visited the Adirondack Park knows just how special it is. From its majestic high peaks to the beautiful bodies of water, what's not to love about the Adirondacks? In fact, the region is so breathtaking that Lonely Planet included the Adirondacks in its Top 10 Best In The U.S. travel destinations for 2017!

Photo Credit: Joe Head
Since 2007, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has sold special Trail Supporter patches to help raise funds for non-motorized trail maintenance and development throughout the state. This year, the DEC is set to release a newly redesigned patch starting Wednesday, March 1st.

Photo Credit: NYS Department of Environmental Conservation
Have the 46 High Peaks become too crowded? That's a question many environmental advocates have asked in response to the significant rise in the number of hikers recently.

In addition to more hiking incidents, such as winter rescues, increased activity endangers natural resources. As we prepare for another busy summer season where even more hikers are expected to hike the high peaks, some feel it is time to update the region's management plan.

Photo Credit: Jacob Geer
Located just outside the Blue Line, Plattsburgh International Airport is one of the main northern access points for people interested in visiting the Adirondacks from far away. To help upgrade the airport's facilities and create jobs, New York State will kick-start a $43 million revitalization project.

Photo: Office of Gov. Cuomo