LAKE GEORGE | Charles R. Wood Park and the municipal parking lot next to it will bring in an estimated $125,000 in revenue during its first full season in operation, officials said Friday.
Fees to rent the festival space in the park will bring in about $44,000 this year, but the adjacent parking lot created on West Brook Road will generate at least $80,000.
Every summer weekend has been booked, with events scheduled well into September.
“The revenue has been coming in great. The mayor (Lake George Mayor Robert Blais) has been a super promoter,” said Chester Supervisor Fred Monroe, chairman of Warren County Park Operations & Management Committee.
Blais said the additional parking along West Brook Road has been welcome.
“It has been a very, very popular location,” Blais said of the parking lot.
Revenue from the festival space is expected to grow next year, with the park complete and usage fees increasing. The cost for a group to rent the festival space will rise from $1,500 to $2,500, with discounts for multiple-day rentals.
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Blais said many of the events that have been booked this year have already re-upped for next year, including Americade and Adirondack Wine and Food Festival. A full-time attendant may have to be hired next year to oversee the property.
The music festival scheduled for this fall has gotten a big bump with the announcement last month that Sawyer Fredericks, who won “The Voice” TV singing competition this year, will perform at the American Music Festival for the Lake. The festival will be held Sept. 26-27.
Construction of the skate park and children’s play area are expected to wrap up this fall, with the water fountain the only major addition remaining to be done next spring. Paving with porous pavement is scheduled later this year.
Those involved with the project, which has been under construction for more than two years and in the planning stages for at least six, said things have run smoothly.
“I’ve never seen a project run so controlled. Everyone has been in agreement,” said former Warren County Public Works Superintendent Fred Austin, who works for Fort William Henry. Another former DPW superintendent, William Lamy, is a consultant on the project.
The other part of the project, a manmade wetland across West Brook Road designed to filter stormwater before it gets to the lake, is scheduled to be completed this fall with some additional plantings.