The Adirondack Community Recreation Alliance (ACRA) has awarded 12 grants to help communities create new biking and skiing trails, improve ice skating rinks, enhance terrain parks, and more.
The grant program is part of the Alliance’s work to enhance and develop recreation assets, increase region-wide stewardship, and advance policies to secure long-lasting community and economic benefits for Adirondack towns and villages.
The Northern Forest Center facilitates and participates in the Alliance and raised funds for this round of grants. The Alliance awarded close to $40,000 to help communities from Caroga to Vermontville improve recreational assets for residents.
Grants include funding to strengthen ice skating facilities and resources in Newcomb, Inlet, Ticonderoga and Elizabethtown, support pump tracks in Vermontville and Saranac Lake, create new or expanded mountain biking in Caroga, Chestertown and North Creek, enhance hiking opportunities in Long Lake, expand the terrain park at Mount Pisgah in Saranac Lake, and strengthen a volunteer network dedicated to backcountry avalanche safety education.
“It’s clear from the applications we received that Adirondack residents really value having quality community-based recreation assets in their communities, and we are pleased to be able to help meet this incredible demand,” said Aaron Woolf, ACRA Steering Committee Member. “We received over $100,000 in grant requests and were able to fund a significant portion of them. We are confident that this round of grants is going to make a meaningful difference in strengthening the assets that improve quality of life for residents of the Adirondacks.”