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Lake Flower parks vision realized

VIS turns 100, Part 1 of 7

April 10, 2010
By ALICE WAREHAM, Special to the Enterprise

In Saranac Lake, a few forward-looking businessmen recognized early the need for a plan for the rapidly sprouting community and the potential beauty of its lake and river. In 1907 they retained the Olmsted Brothers, landscape architects famous for their designs of Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn and Fenway Park in Boston. Their study, the Olmsted Plan for the Improvement of Saranac Lake, dated 1908, was submitted to the village board in 1909 and turned down as being too expensive and taking commercial property from the tax rolls.



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