LAKE GEORGE — Americade organizers are hoping to move their June motorcycle rally from its longtime home at the state-owned parking lot on Beach Road to Charles Wood Park this year.
Rally organizers have worked out an agreement with Warren County and the village of Lake George to use the park and two adjacent parking lots for the massive annual event.
The rally had used the Million Dollar Beach parking lot for years.
The agreement remained contingent Wednesday on logistics regarding use of the site by a tow truck operators show on the weekend before Americade, Lake George Mayor Robert Blais said. Additional space may be needed to account for the other site use before the rally, the mayor said.
“It could be tough for them to set up with the tow truck show there. We are trying to clear some of those details up,” Blais said.
The move will allow organizers to cut their costs in half, give certainty to them after the state has increased the fee to use its facilities over the years and result in the revenue staying local instead of going to the state.
The price increases came to a head in 2011, after the state Department of Environmental Conservation sought to hike the weekly rental fee to $82,000. That prompted talks of the rally moving from the region and the involvement of state legislators to get the state to lower the fee to $50,000, where it has stayed in recent years.
The rental of Charles Wood Park and adjacent lots will cost the rally $25,000, said Warren County Public Works Superintendent Jeff Tennyson.
“It takes away the uncertainty for them and reduces their overhead,” Tennyson said. “It’s a win-win for Americade, the county and the village.”
It will also serve as a more central spot for the rally, as participants often had to park in village lots or streets and walk to the Million Dollar Beach lot for exhibitors and merchants. Using the park will put them closer to the village.
“It kind of puts everything in one spot for them. It will be better for participants,” Tennyson said.
Americade Director Christian Dutcher approached the county and village about an agreement in recent months, and the Charles Wood Park Operation & Management Committee approved the arrangement on Tuesday.
It was unclear how long Americade will be on site, as there are days of setup beforehand, Tennyson said. Dutcher did not return a phone message left at his office Wednesday.
The event may be the first to use a new portable stage that the village of Lake George is buying for use at the park. It is expected to be ready for the spring and the forthcoming events at the park.
Blais said the low bid for the stage was $282,500, and a $200,000 state grant will pay for the bulk of it, with the village picking up the rest. The village will allow it to be used by other municipalities around the county as well, Blais said.