VIS, Historic Saranac Lake host park tours

SARANAC LAKE – The Village Improvement Society and Historic Saranac Lake will host a free public walking tour of VIS-owned parks from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26.

The tour will include Vest Pocket Park, Triangle Park and Denny Park.

During the tour, VIS volunteers will discuss the history of Saranac Lake’s parks. The park system was designed by the firm of the Olmsted Brothers, the same landscape architects who designed Central Park in New York City. Their plan for open space protection in Saranac Lake was submitted in 1907, but the village board decided it was too expensive. In 1910, a group of 10 Saranac Lake women banded together to form the Village Improvement Society with the goal of implementing the plan. VIS now owns and maintains seven parks in Saranac Lake: Vest Pocket Park, Triangle Park, the Herb Garden, Denny Park, Dorsey Park, Beaver Park and the Sunset Arboretum.

The walking tour will begin at 10 a.m. at Vest Pocket Park and be led by VIS President Ellen George with interpretation by VIS volunteer Nancy Murphy and park managers Ellen George and Randall Swanson.

RSVP is requested by July 25, but walk-ins are welcome.

For reservations and information, call Historic Saranac Lake at 518-891-4606.

Community residents and visitors are invited to attend this free event to learn interesting history about Saranac Lake’s parks.