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Don’t miss the carousel for the trees

August 4, 2014

Supporters of Saranac Lake’s Adirondack Carousel make a good point that trees in William Morris Park block the view of this impressive structure and attraction from Church Street and Bloomingdale......

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poolman137

Aug-05-14 10:36 PM

There is plenty of signage and info on this ..... KEEP the trees !

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NancyAllison

Aug-04-14 2:38 PM

You certainly can see the Carousel if you are looking for it. So let's think about who might come to the Carousel because they just happened to see it as they drove by. Not locals or anyone else with any knowledge of Saranac Lake. Not tourists who checked out Saranac Lake or Lake Placid on the internet. Perhaps a wandering sportsman who doesn't use a computer much. And the vitality of the Carousel depends on those chance encounters? Not likely. It would be easy to make the Carousel more visible to those traveling up Church Street by removing that big tree outside the fence next to the route signs. That's all that is necessary for those occasional strangers.

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AdkBuddy

Aug-04-14 2:34 PM

When the 3 or 4 days a week nearly empty train is gone and the bike riders come in droves, all day long, all season long, 7 days a week, you will want the carousel to be visible, but I say move slowly on any plan. Once a tree is gone, it's gone.

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NancyAllison

Aug-04-14 2:22 PM

I walked around the streets bordering the Carousel and drove toward it from all directions. It is substantially visible, except from the light at Church Street. There is a large tree virtually wrapped around the route signs(86, 3) which also has grown up into the utility wires. I assume someone has to do a lot of trimming every year. I would recommend taking down that tree, as it does shield the view of the Carousel and it also is interfering with the route signs and utility wires. I think the three matching evergreen trees are very attractive and contribute to the ambiance of the Park, without hiding the Carousel. I see no need for further cutting, which would reduce the attractiveness of the Park, the view from the Carousel, and the little green on a very commercial corner.

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concerned

Aug-04-14 12:31 PM

give the carousel every chance to succeed that we can!!! i didn't give to the fund and didn't think it would make it, but it's still here. saranac lake needs EVERY THING we can get to draw tourism....the naysayers talk as if they speak for all intelligen people. from reading the paper i note that most of the trouble makers are transplants and retired..good for the village board for making it public knowledge that they won't give as much attention to non village residents as they do to folks that live in the village...the proposed hotel on lake flower ave is an example. the transplants are retired and bored so they amuse themselves by trying to control our future. ENOUGH!we can control our own future look at the mess they have created in tupper lake.they don't care if we starve..thank god that the villagers there banded together to fight for what is best for their area!!!!

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DblA31

Aug-04-14 11:29 AM

Sequeter, as a mom who loves the Carousel and has visited more times than I can count, I can tell you that the trees wouldn't be an issue for Carousel riders who are inside, however they do add an ambience for events there (such as the recent Carousel benefit.) That said, I still think they should minimally be thinned out.

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Dukeofearly

Aug-04-14 11:18 AM

Just my opinion, but I think it is vital to the Carousel that people see it. Whether the carousel makes it in the long run is another matter, but for them to have even a fighting chance, the trees should be tastefully moved.

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sequester30

Aug-04-14 10:52 AM

Some other thoughts. If the trees were removed, the Carousel riders’ experience would be diminished. I suspect that riders would rather look out at trees, than the not-so-pretty streetscape on Bloomingdale Ave.

The editorial claims that “Something like visibility could make a real difference in the fortunes of the carousel.” I’m not sure of the basis for this claim, but I suspect that the people who are likely to ride the carousel are tourists who have learned about it on the internet. I can’t imagine that many additional folks would simply stumble upon the carousel and take the ride on a lark if the trees were removed.

Finally, how about deploying more signage? There is a sign on the carousel’s fence now, but it advertises the upcoming “Olga race.” If visibility is the watchword, why not use the sign—or construct others—to advertise the carousel?

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sequester30

Aug-04-14 10:51 AM

The issue isn’t the trees—it’s the railroad. The State has decided to reopen the Unit Management Plan and has proposed removing the tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. In a May 13, 2014 LTE, Marge Glowa, Carousel president made clear that loss of the railroad, and even the mere reopening of the UMP, could force the Carousel to close. If the State’s action does indeed threaten the Carousel's existence, wouldn’t it seem premature for the Village Board to approve removal of the trees? Given the controversial nature of such a move, and the likely public outcry in opposition to it, wouldn’t it be prudent for the Board to delay action until the effects of the State’s final decision on the railroad can be measured?

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