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The Adirondack Park Agency on Thursday approved the site plan for a new campground, equestrian and two day use areas to transform the former Frontier Town site in North Hudson.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled the master plan in his 2017 State of the State address to establish a "Gateway to the Adirondacks" at Exit 29 of the Northway. 

The master plan includes a $13 million state investment through the New York Works program to develop the new DEC campground 

According to a news release, the project will be constructed on approximately 91 acres of land owned by the town of North Hudson and Essex County.

The site will connect to an existing trail network along state Route 9 and part of the Schroon Lake-North Hudson Snowmobile trail network. The trails will also connect to the Hammond Pond Wild Forest to the east, the Vanderwhacker Mountain Wild Forest on the west, and the Palmer Pond Bridge connection on the west, leading to publicly owned lands, including the Boreas Ponds and Essex Chain Lakes Complex. 

For more details on the plan view the accompanying document.

Two initial public information sessions on the project will be held Monday, Dec. 11, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Town of North Hudson Town Hall.

As for a timeline, depending on approval of the APA permit application, DEC anticipates site work will begin in February. The all-season day-use area is expected to open in fall 2018, and it is anticipated that the Frontier Town Campground, Equestrian and Day Use Area will be operational by summer 2019.

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and poststar.com. He can be reached at acolver@poststar.com.

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