A portable stage is coming to Warren County via the Charles R. Wood Park Festival Commons.
Lake George Village has been advised of a $200,000 grant by the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program (“SAM”). The funds will be utilized to purchase a portable stage, principally for use at the new festival space.
The grant, administered by the NY State Dormitory Authority was secured through the efforts of Senator Elizabeth O’C Little’s office and her staff with the Village of Lake George acting as the Lead Agency. The new park, situated at the site of the former Gaslight Village, is owned jointly by the Village and Warren County, and currently lacks a stage.
Mayor Blais formed a Steering Committee comprised of professional promoters of live music to advise local officials on the design and needs. Several live music events have rented stages and some placed them in different locations within the space.
“Purchasing a portable stage allows much more flexibility to the users as well as having it available to all the towns and City of Glens Falls,” Mayor Blais said. He cited the Adirondack Balloon Festival at the airport, Firemen’s Jamboree and Warren County as examples, as well as downtown Glens Falls events.
The proposed stage will be 32’ x 24’ in size with optional add-on wings, and will be put out to bid once paperwork is completed by the Village to receive funds.
It is anticipated an additional fee will be charged to users. The stage is expected to cost approximately $250-275,000 with local funds coming from the Joint Occupancy Tax funds and other sources.
“Once again Senator Little’s support of tourism and our efforts to boost the local economy has played a major part in securing this grant,” the Mayor Said. Wood Park has hosted an estimated 25,000 visitors this year at a variety of events.