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The grand opening event for the Charles R. Wood Park in the village of Lake George has been scheduled for May 29 at 11 a.m.

State, county and local officials have been invited to attend the event to celebrate the completion of the public park, playground, skate park and treatment wetlands. The public is invited to attend.

The 24-acre park was purchased from the Charles R. Wood Foundation by the Fund for Lake George, the Lake George Association, the Lake George Land Conservancy, the town and village of Lake George and Warren County about 10 years ago. The village bought out the town’s interest in the property, according to a news release.

The park has hosted concerts, the Adirondack Wine and Food Festival, Americade, a circus and other events.

The Lake George Community Band will provide music, and a reception for invited guests will follow on site. There will be tours of the park and wetlands following the ceremony.

Getting online

The village of Lake George is planning to install Wi-Fi in Shepard Park.

Trustee Ray Perry has been working on the project and told the rest of the board on Monday that it would cost about $249 per month for 12 months from Spectrum to have the access points. It would provide a gigabyte per data per second for people in the park.

“That will be sufficient for 500 people if they were all going to be on the internet at the same time,” he said.

However, this does not include the cost of installing about three antennas to carry the Wi-Fi signal. He thinks that could be around $10,000.

“That would cover the whole park and the beach,” he said.

Convenient parking

The Village Board is planning to contract with ParkMobile to allow people to add time on their parking meters using an app on their phone.

The plan is to include the individual meters on the back streets to make it more convenient for people, according to Mayor Robert Blais.

“That’s where people really have problems,” he said. “They can’t use a credit card and they want to park there.”

One issue is there are bank fees to process the transactions. However, Perry said the mobile apps bring in so much more revenue.

“I think we’re going to see a positive cash flow at the end of it because of the convenience,” he said.

Deputy Mayor John Earl wondered if ticket revenue would decline.

Blais said he believes the bank fees would be offset by more revenue. It also is good public relations, so visitors are not leaving with a traffic ticket, which the village has trouble collecting fines on anyway from out-of-state guests.

Crandall Park certification

Crandall Park has been designated as a Garden for Wildlife, which is an environmental stewardship and education program.

The certification is through the National Wildlife Federation. The program provides participants with educational support in planning to protect or improve properties, according to a news release. There is an emphasis on ecologically healthy vegetation with equal emphasis on birds, small field animals and insects.

The park’s Beautification Committee was prompted to apply for certification after the development of an ecology-oriented website by committee member Erika Schielke and her Skidmore College students in 2017.

Women’s Rights March

A Women’s Rights March has been scheduled for July 14 in response to some of the restrictive abortion laws that have been passed elsewhere in the country.

Alabama passed a law making abortions at any stage of pregnancy a felony. So-called “heartbeat bills,” which prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat has been detected, have passed in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio.

The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Crandall Public Library.

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Michael Goot covers politics, business, the city of Glens Falls and the town and village of Lake George. Reach him at 518-742-3320 or mgoot@poststar.com and follow his blog at http://poststar.com/blogs/michael_goot/.

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reporter - Glens Falls, Northern Warren County, business and politics

Reporter for The Post-Star, covering the city of Glens Falls, town and village of Lake George and northern Warren County communities.

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