ORDA eyes new riverside trail
LAKE PLACID — The state Olympic Regional Development Authority is exploring the possibility of constructing a new river walk trail at the ski jump complex.
The preliminary plans follow a series of planned upgrades at local Olympic facilities, in collaboration with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, designed to develop hiking experiences for visitors — with new trails and with hiker amenities at facilities such as the new base lodge at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
ORDA Nordic Program and Events Manager Kris Cheney-Seymour told the North Elba Town Council during its regular meeting Tuesday that the authority hopes to create a new trail along the West Branch of the AuSable River near the ski jumps, possibly within the next two years or so.
The goal is to make the trail a loop with interpretive signage and seating, he said.
Town Councilor Emily Politi asked who would be responsible for building and maintaining the trail long-term. It would be built by ORDA and by staff of the Olympic Jumping Complex, according to Cheney-Seymour.
The area where the authority would like to build the trail is partially on land owned by the town of North Elba. Cheney-Seymour asked the town council to consider giving ORDA the authority to use that piece of property.
The council took no action on the proposal Tuesday.