Parking for vehicles with boat trailers using the Lake Flower Boat Launch will be available in the parking lot across the road from the boat launch, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today. The alternate parking lot will be available starting May 14, through the 2018 boating season.
The off-site parking lot is located at the former Nonna Fina’s restaurant. A limited number of parking spots have been designated for vehicles with boat trailers. Only vehicles with boat trailers will be allowed to use the parking lot. Vehicles must travel through the parking lot in one direction and park in designate parking spots. Parking will be available from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and overnight parking is prohibited.
Paddlers and others with car top boats are encouraged to use the nearby DEC Ampersand Bay Hand Launch on Lower Saranac Lake or DEC Lake Colby Hand Launch.
After launching a boat, boaters should tie off their boat at the bulkhead to the left of the launch ramp and then drive across River Street (State Route 86) to the parking lot. When driving from the parking lot to the boat launch, drivers should utilize the middle turning lane.
When walking between the boat launch and the parking lot, pedestrians should use the crosswalk and traffic light at the intersection of Church and River streets. The crosswalk is approximately 560 feet from the boat launch and parking lot entrances. A gravel footpath will be built between River Street and the boat ramp to give pedestrians access to the boat ramp.
DEC encourages drivers and pedestrians to pay attention and follow the directions of flaggers and other workers at the boat launch site during work hours.
DEC initially planned to close the boat launch for the 2018 boating season while cleanup operations were underway. However, to make the disruption as minimal as possible, DEC is working to complete the project in one construction season, keep the boat launch open, and provide alternate parking.
Boat launch parking spaces will be used by the contractor to stage materials and heavy equipment related to the cleanup operation. These materials must be staged adjacent to the work area to prevent traffic congestion and safety issues related to moving heavy and oversized equipment on a roadway. Therefore, the DEC has secured off-site parking for the boat launch.
Completion of the project includes improvements to the boat launch and the Ice Palace parcel. However, the most important benefit will be clean and ecologically productive habitat in and along Brandy Brook and Pontiac Bay.
The Brandy Brook and Pontiac Bay portions of the Saranac Lake Manufactured Gas Co. site are being remediated using State Superfund resources. From the late 1800s to the 1940s, the site was used for manufacturing lighting gas via coal gasification for the village of Saranac Lake. Historic processes at the site resulted in the release of coal tar and other wastes to the environment.
Coal tar is a by-product of the coal gasification process and contains volatile organic compounds of concern including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes. Coal tar also contains semi-volatile organic compounds of concern known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons or PAHs.
Coal tar was transported via Brandy Brook from the former MGP site into Pontiac Bay. Contamination within Brandy Brook will also be cleaned up during this project. Learn more about MGPs, the associated contaminants, and DEC’s efforts to address them (www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8430.html).