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.