The Town of Long Lake Parks and Recreation Department successfully partnered with Bike Long Lake to launch a community service program for local children to work for credit towards a brand-new mountain bike.
Bike Long Lake was created after 2K of mountain bike trails opened on Mt. Sabattis in Long Lake, NY in 2021. Bike Long Lake’s mission is to ensure every child in Long Lake and Raquette Lake has an opportunity to earn a bike to enjoy the new recreation trails with more trails slated to be built out this fall.
This program was open to children in both Long Lake and Raquette Lake from 3rd grade to 12th grade. Twenty children from Long Lake participated and completed 23 community service projects in March, April and May.
Projects included tapping trees for a local maple syrup operation, raking yards, stacking wood, moving furniture, gardening, recycling, and helping with a home renovation. This unique program put kids from elementary and high school together which worked out successfully as the older students mentored the younger ones.
Parents participated in an information session in February with program coordinator Kate Connolly who worked as the liaison for the Bike Long Lake organization. Kate worked with Long Lake Parks and Recreation Director, Alexandra Roalsvig, to identify community service projects, schedule dates and assign groups of children to each location. Parents, grandparents, and friends helped transport children to the individual sites and stayed while the work was being completed.
On Saturday, May 21st 18 mountain bikes arrived at the Mt. Sabattis Recreation area, home to 2K of mountain bike/shared use recreation trails in Long Lake, NY. In addition to bikes, children also received Cannondale helmets and a Bike Long Lake sticker.
The Town of Long Lake, located in Hamilton County, is a year-round Adirondack family destination, bursting with activities and nature for all. The town encompasses two well-known lakes, Long Lake and Raquette Lake, and waterways including the Raquette River, the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the 90 Miler Route, hiking trails and the Mt. Sabattis Recreation Area with 2K of shared use biking/walking trails, basketball and tennis courts and a beginner skateboard recreation park.
On Sunday, May 8, 2022 the Men’s rowing teams from St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY and Union College, Schenectady, NY will vie for the Great Adirondack Cup at the Long Lake Town Beach located at 1258 Main Street, NYS Route 30 in Long Lake, NY.
This will be the 5th matchup between these two crew teams in Long Lake, NY, having taken off one year in 2020 due to Covid-19. The Annual Great Adirondack Boat Race is tentatively slated to kick off from the Long Lake Town Beach between 9am and 10am weather dependent. The race could start earlier if needed due to weather and wind. The start time of the race is subject to change without notice.
The area between Helms Aero Service and the Town Beach Restrooms will be reserved for parking for team trailers and shells starting Saturday, May 7th through Sunday, May 8th.
The event is free. Parking for spectators will be along the NYS Route 30, Main Street on the Jennings Park Pond side of the road with additional spectator parking available at Long Lake Central School.
For more information call the Long Lake Parks, Recreation and Tourism department at 518-624-3077 or check mylonglake.com