Dick Beamish belongs to ARTA and is founder of the Adirondack Explorer newsmagazine.
“What we could have here to begin with would be a 34-mile recreation trail that would run from Lake Placid to Ray Brook, Saranac Lake, Lake Clear and Tupper Lake,” he said. “It could be one of the great recreation trails in the United States.”
Beamish says a multi-use path would immediately boost the region’s year-round tourism economy.
A study released earlier this year by AdkAction backs up that belief – but it also showed that extending the scenic railroad to Tupper Lake would have a similar impact.
Beamish says the study is right – something needs to be done. But he’s skeptical that railroad supporters can find the money and acquire the necessary permits to build-out all the way to Tupper Lake.