Downtown Plattsburgh Jane's Walk

Friends of Saranac River Trail Announce:

Jane’s Walk: Plattsburgh

Tips for Jane's Walks (Urban Walks)

General Tips for a Creating a Walk
(Join us at Plattsburgh City Hall on May 5, 2018 10-11:30 for our Downtown Plattsburgh Walk. Weather date is June 2, 2018 same time/place)
1. Plan for 1 hour/mile or less
2. Have a handout. Put copies in the places to visit and leave them there after the walk. Post on web.
3. Weather date
4. Sign up (optional — some people don’t want junk mail)
5. Have a release for people to sign (look at other walks). Key points: legal warnings and photo release
6. Use social media. Assume this is the first of several walks (it probably is) so the photos will work when you repeat the walk or one like it next year
7. Decide if it’s group tour or self-guided. One leader of the walk and/or guides for each stop.
8. Indicate for each stop if there are special events, performances, sales on the day or the week/whatever before/after
9. Listen to questions and comments. 
10. For leaders: Speak up (but if you need amplification, you probably have too many people on the walk.) Wear something distinctive (colorful/hat/scarf) so that people can identify the leader particularly when starting out.

Jane's Walk -- May 5, 2018 10 AM -- Exploring Downtown Plattsburgh

We're putting together the walk for May 5, 2018 at 10-11:30 AM starting in front of City Hall. The walk will be an easy walk (few stairs). Following on Jane Jacobs’s ideas, we’re organizing local people to talk briefly about the places on the walk. We’ll have a one-page guide to the places on the walk that you can download from starting April 28, 2018. (We’ll have a few printed copies for participants, but if you want to bring your copy of the walk on your phone or other digital device, the trees will thank you.)

Saturday May 5, 2018 10 AM: Jane’s Walk Plattsburgh NY

Jane Jacobs was an author, activist, and inspiration to many of today’s urban planners and advocates. She fought (and usually won!) battles against traditional urban “redevelopment” which, she pointed out, basically consisted of bulldozing successful neighborhoods in order to build bland buildings with little if any connection to or respect for the communities that were being “improved.” Her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities has a critical place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in cities anywhere in the world.

2018 Upcoming Events on the Saranac River Trail

Join us along the SRT Greenway route on Saturday, June 2, 2018 to celebrate National Trails Day. More details will be announced for events planned for

  • Town of Saranac
  • Town of Schuyler Falls
  • Town of Plattsburgh
  • City of Plattsburgh

Other events to watch for in  2018:

  • Sculpture along the Trail. Works of sculpture along the Trail will start to be placed in Spring 2018. Watch our website and Facebook pagre for more information about events and descriptions of the works. Sunrise Rotary and Friends of Saranac River Trail are working together on this project.
  • LaPierre Lane Riverway is the first spur off the Saranac River Trail Greenway. It opens a once privately owned section along the Saranac River to runners, bikers, snow shoers, cross country skiers, canoes and kayaks, families/picnickers and walkers of all ages and abilities. The Town of Plattsburgh is steward of the project which is also supported by a generous grant from Foundation of CVPH. It is scheduled to open in summer 2018.
  • Natural History of the Trail
  • A new adition to LaPierre Lane will be a boardwalk sponsored by Sunrise Rotary to allow close-up viewing and appreciation of wetlands without damaging them (or getting your shoes muddy).
  • Champlain Arts will be releasing a new version of the Saranac River Trail app updated for iOS 11 in Spring 2018. The Trail companion app will continue to be free and is available for iPad and iPhone.
  • Also on LaPierre Lane, the 900 square foot pad for the Fitness for Life equipment was poured in early December. More equipment will be installed in Spring 2018.

Friends of Saranac River Trail will be sponsoring another round of Treks on the Trail. Make sure you follow us on our website and Facebook Page for more information and dates. Treks in the planning process are:

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants along the Trail
  • Tour of the Water Pollution Control Plant (it's the reason we can use the Lake for recreation and fishing!)
  • Citizen Science Adventure in Rugar Woods
  • Invasive Species on the Attack
  • Ron Nolland and Penny Clute Photography Trek
  • and more. If you have ideas or suggestions, please contact us at

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Trek: Natural History of Local Trees

It was a fascinating Trek. Did you know that the black walnut tree wood played a critical role in the US victory in the Battle of Plattsburgh? (That's a black walnut just behind the fence.) And what about the role that white pine trees played in the revolution after the King claimed ownership of all white pine trees?

Thanks to Dr. Burgess and all who attended. We'll be doing a Photo Trek in October, and, over the winter, another discussion of natural history and plants.

SRT Sign on George Angell Drive
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Trail News from DC

Wild Edible & Medicinal Plants

Learn about the many plants that grow along the trail. 

Dr. Burgess will be leading a trek Saturday June 24, 2017 at 10am, to teach you all about the plants along Saranac River Trail and their many uses. Come learn which plants are a tasty addition to a salad, and which ones are useful when you have an upset stomach. Dr. Burgess's talk covers the plant's history, uses, and optimum harvesting times and techniques. You're sure to walk away from this trek with a new outlook on the plants you see everytime you walk the trail. 

Saranac River Trail and Greenway: Moving Forward with New Detail Documents

New documents with lots of maps and details! Exciting things are happening in the world of Saranac River Trail. Details about Phase 2 of Saranac River Trail and Blue Trails extension of Saranac River Trail Greenway. Even more exciting, funding for Phase 3 of Saranac River Trail has been approved (see separate article), so we'll have even more Saranac River Trail!

Final Design Report for Phase 2 of Saranac River Trail

Connect Plattsburgh City Hall/ MacDonough Park, NYSEG Site and Stafford Middle School to the existing Saranac River Trail (SRT) and surrounding trail systems via new multi-use paths and improving on-street pedestrian and bicycle accommodations as outlined by the City of Plattsburgh in their August 15, 2013 Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) application.

Download Document Here

Saranac River Trail Greenway -- Blue Trails Extension: Conditions Report

The trail will extend from the current westward terminus at George Angell Drive in the City of Plattsburgh to a point approximately 2.15 miles to the west at Reeves Lane in the Town of Plattsburgh. This section of the trail is ready for advancement since it will be constructed on public sector property, extending through the Plattsburgh City School District High School property, the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House and sports complex and westward across City of Plattsburgh property to Reeves Lane. With the views of the river and especially the imperial dam, there is a desire to keep the trail near river.

Clinton County (County) has received Regional Waterfront Program Key Project funds to design the next segment of the Saranac River Trail Greenway in the City and Town of Plattsburgh.This project is supported by funding from the Environmental Protection Fund through the New York State Department of State (DOS) Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. 

Photos from Nature Trek

Check out some pictures from last Saturday's Nature Trek. We hope to see you all join us next Saturday for our Photo Trek!


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