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Scenic Byways meeting

There will be a meeting on March 26, 2019 at 6 pm at the Byron Park Building regarding proposed Scenic Byway Signage. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Please see the attached press release for full details…

Press Release_ Scenic Byways project hosts second public forum

Scenic Byway Signage


Community Input Sought for Scenic Byway Signage Project
Public forum will take place in North Creek

JOHNSBURG, NY – The Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway — a corridor that winds along Route 28 through the Hudson River watershed — will soon feature new signs to engage travellers with natural, cultural and recreational attributes along the route. The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) is leading a project to update and enhance interpretive signage along the Scenic Byway

The consultant for the project, Adirondack Research of Saranac Lake, is currently seeking public input. Janelle Hoh, Adirondack Research Project Manager, introduced the signage project at the Town of Johnsburg Town Board meeting on Tuesday, February 5th at the Wevertown Community Center.

The team will work with local communities along the byway, between North Creek and Blue Mountain Lake, in order to incorporate natural resource science and local recreational opportunities into the narrative. An overarching goal for the project is to promote environmental and economic sustainability by highlighting the region’s natural and cultural assets.

“ANCA’s approach to building a sustainable regional economy places significant value on the natural environment and the different ways residents and visitors interact with it,” said ANCA Regional Advocacy Coordinator Jacob Vennie-Vollrath. “Because community members will be involved in developing the content, the signs will capture useful and compelling local knowledge about the people, history and natural environment of the Hudson headwaters.”

Adirondack Research will host a public forum on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm at the Tannery Pond Center in the hamlet of North Creek. Attendees are encouraged to provide perspectives on topics and theme development for the signs. All are welcome to attend the forum.

“It’s important to us that there is a strong level of community engagement,” said Adirondack Research Director, Ezra Schwartzberg, Ph.D. “By soliciting input from local people, tourism centers, businesses and local governments, we can create an interpretive experience that belongs to the entire community.”

The National Scenic Byways Program, which spans the entire country, aims to enhance travelers’ experiences by highlighting local resources and features along its routes. The new signs for the Central Adirondack Trail Scenic Byway will provide easily accessible information that will orient readers to the natural, historic, cultural, scenic and recreational attributes of landscapes and waterways along the route, including the Hudson River.

This project is being completed by Adirondack Research as part of the New York State Scenic Byways Program managed by the Adirondack North Country Association, funded by the Federal Highway Administration and administered by the New York State Department of Transportation.

For more information or questions about the public forum, contact Janelle Hoh at or call the Adirondack Research office at (518) 278-6070.

ANCA is an independent nonprofit organization growing the New Economy in northern New York. Using an integrated approach to sustainable economic development and prosperity where economic health, community vitality and ecological stewardship are equally important outcomes, ANCA focuses on creating opportunity for people with diverse backgrounds, experience and education levels.

Contact: Audrey Schwartzberg (518) 891-6200,


ROOST Marketing Plan

For a look at the 2019 marketing plan from The Regional Office Of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) click on this link


See below for program information. You may click on the link to download the document.

HAS Flyer



HAVE A SEAT is a community beautification program created and organized by the Main Street Revitalization Sub-Committee of the Indian Lake Community Development Corporation. The program is intended to enhance the attractiveness of main street areas, to create a sense of community pride among residents and to encourage travelers and visitors to stop and enjoy the ambience of the hamlets of Indian Lake, Blue Mountain Lake and Sabael. The objective of the program is to strategically place attractively decorated Adirondack chairs that will be seen by travelers driving through the hamlets. Given a sufficient number of chairs noticed, travelers will stop to take a closer look and end-up spending time and money in the communities.

The program is organized to be entirely community-based with no paid staff and with no cost to local government. Gifts, donations and grants received will be used to develop and enhance the program. The success of this program is dependent upon the effort, commitment and talents of  residents and interested benefactors. With care and refurbishing, the chairs will be used from one year to the next. With additional chairs and artistic creativity over several years, it is hoped that the Indian Lake Adirondack chairs become a must see attraction for visitors traveling in the Adirondacks.

The HAVE A SEAT Committee will encourage community groups, organizations, businesses and individuals to sponsor a Have A Seat Adirondack chair.

Chair Design

The design of each chair will be decided jointly by the sponsor and artist. The design should be original, colorful and eye-catching from a distance. The design will need to be approved by the HAVE A SEAT Committee. The planned design will be drawn on a 8 ½ X 11 mockup of an Adirondack chair.

Chair Design Guidelines 

The theme of the chair should reflect some aspect of life in the Town of Indian Lake and/or our region of the Adirondacks. There is to be no commercial advertising or logos. The design may be a realistic or whimsical interpretation of the selected subject.


The key to the success of this program is dependent upon the ability to obtain sponsors for the chairs. Anyone is welcome to become a sponsor. Solicitation will be through personal appeal, press release, distribution of promotional material to Town businesses and organizations as well as public postings for interested individuals, families or other groups in the Town. Sponsorship could include; purchase or manufacture of the Adirondack chair, designing and painting of the chair, securing the chair at its assigned location, cleaning, maintenance and winter storage.

Sponsorship Responsibilities 

Sponsorship involves a commitment of time, responsibility and finance.

The following responsibilities are expected of each sponsor:

  1. The sponsor agrees to obtain a traditional Adirondack chair made of finished wood. To assist sponsors, a list of local craftspeople who make the chairs will be provided.
  2. The sponsor agrees to submit a design plan for their chair to the Have A Seat Committee for approval. Approval will be based upon adherence to the established guidelines and theme of the Have A Seat program.
  3. The sponsor will, in consultation with their selected artist, decide on their chair design. The design will consist of paint and possibly other materials durable enough to withstand extended exposure to the elements paying particular attention to UV damage. Based on the experience of other such programs, the use of quality latex exterior house paints with a clear coat of polyurethane (with UV protection) is strongly recommended.
  4. The sponsor, in consultation with the Have A Seat Committee, will determine the location and placement of the decorated chair. The ability to secure the chair may affect the location of the chair.
  5. Securing the chair will be arranged by the sponsor. For consistency, chairs will be secured using the Committee approved and recommended cable system.
  6. Sponsors agree to maintain their chair to include the cleaning and touching up of incidental damage.
  7. It will be the responsibility of the sponsor to store the chair in a protected area over winter and to refurbish it as necessary for the next spring.
  8. For insurance purposes, each sponsor must allow the  IL Town Parks and Rec Dept and Main Street Revitalization Committee an opportunity to inspect each chair during the Spring of each year.  Annual inspection and approval of each chair must occur before the chair is insured and displayed.

Have A Seat Program Info

Indian Lake Comprehensive Plan

See the complete Comprehensive Plan here, click on the link to download.
This is a large pdf file.

Final Indian Lake Comprehensive Plan (04072017)

Meeting schedule change

The executive committee meeting that was scheduled for May 16 has been rescheduled. It will now be held on Wed. May 23 at 6:30 in the school library.

Leisure Travel

Jim McKenna of ROOST gave an enlightening presentation at our November 15 Board meeting. Attached is the full Leisure Travel Survey from ROOST. See more at the web site



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