The Village of Potsdam is nestled in the St. Lawrence River Valley near the northern foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. The scenic Racquette River bisects the community and provides residents and visitors with panoramic riverine views, convenient recreational access and is a source of renewable energy for the Village's generation of hydro-electric power. Settled in 1802, the Village was recognized as one of the industrial and commercial centers of St. Lawrence County given its hydropower assets, its agricultural and mineral wealth. Today the Village is best known as a center for health care, education and retail trade in Northern New York.
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October 27, 2014
For More Information Contact: Fred Hanss, Director of Planning and Development/265-1670
Village of Potsdam Mayor Steven Yurgartis announced today that the Village’s application to the New York State Department of Transportation’s “Transportation Alternatives Program” has been selected to receive a $400,000 grant to develop and construct the proposed “Downtown Riverwalk”. “I’d like to express my appreciation to Governor Cuomo, Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald, Congressman Bill Owens, State Senator Joe Griffo and Assemblywoman Addie Jenne Russell for selecting Potsdam to receive a grant through this highly competitive program,” said Mayor Yurgartis.
"Potsdam is on the move! This is more than about taking a nice walk; it is about economic development. Together we are making Potsdam a place where even more people will want to come to live, work, study or play, and that is good news for all of us. The Riverwalk will be a terrific addition to the expanding network of trails in the Village,” the Mayor remarked. “The Village of Potsdam envisioned a looped pedestrian walkway and bicycle path that would follow the Raquette River shoreline in its 2012 Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Plan,’ the Mayor said. ‘ In addition to connecting our residents and visitors to the Raquette River, we believe that the project will provide more direct connections between the Village’s universities and our residential neighborhoods to the merchants and services available downtown.”
The Village’s proposal will take advantage of existing sidewalks and public parks and link these together with new bike and pedestrian paths. The Riverwalk will be roughly one mile in length and feature wayfinding signage, street lighting and scenic overlooks; it will be accessible to persons with physical disabilities. The Downtown Riverwalk will begin at the corner of Maple and Market Streets and travel in a westerly direction crossing over the twin bridges the river, connect to a village-owned lane on the west side of the Raquette River behind the Swan Landing Apartments, re-cross the river via Sandstoner Drive, connect at Garner Park and travel east on Raymond Street and turn south on Market returning the starting point. The Village’s budget for the project is $502,275.00; of this the Village’s local share is $102,275.
The Mayor noted that this is the second high priority capital project included in the Village’s 2012 Downtown and Waterfront Revitalization Project. The Village substantially completed the ambitious renovation of Ives Park using grant assistance provided by the New York State Department of State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. “Our resident advisory committee and Planning and Development Office did a tremendous job developing our downtown revitalization strategy; and, we are beginning to see the benefits of this planning and grant-writing effort.” The Mayor said. “In addition to this project,’ he said ‘the Department of Transportation will be undertaking a major renovation of the Maple Street bridges in 2015 that will provide enhanced bicycle and pedestrian facilities and contribute to the attractiveness and functionality of the Riverwalk.”
For more information on the Downtown Riverwalk Project contact Fred Hanss, Director of Planning and Development.
October 15, 2014
Starting October 20, 2014 the Department of Public Works will shift to winter hours as follows:
Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
October 10, 2014