he Adirondack Park Agency (APA) is accepting public comment for a proposed amendment to the Mount Van Hoevenberg Olympic Sports Complex Intensive Use Area Unit Management Plan. The APA will accept public comments until July 27, 2018 regarding Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance for the proposed management actions.
Proposed management actions include:
- Ski trails with lighting and snowmaking;
- Sliding sports start facility;
- New welcome center/base lodge;
- New trailhead, parking and hiking trail to Cascade, Porter, Mount Marcy and Mt. Van Hoevenberg;
- New alpine coaster and;
- New biathlon stadium with shooting range, bleachers and timing/completion building.
The Olympic Regional Development Authority has proposed this amendment to increase quality year-round recreational/competition programs on publicly owned lands for the benefit and enjoyment of the people of New York State, the United States and the international sports community. The Olympic Sports Complex currently benefits winter visitors and competitive athletes involved in bobsledding, luge, skeleton, cross-country skiing and biathlon sporting activities. It is maintained as a sports facility meeting international standards under developed and competitive conditions.
Summer visitors at Mount Van Hoevenberg can mountain-bike and hike on the cross-country and biathlon trails, use the biathlon target range, ride bobsleds and luges, visit the International Sliding Sports Museum, participate in an interactive natural history series, and tour the Complex.
ORDA’s overall purpose for the Olympic Sports Complex at Mount Van Hoevenberg is to institute comprehensive activities utilizing the Complex to ensure optimum year-round use and enjoyment of the facilities to the economic and social benefit of the Olympic region. It is also intended to extend opportunities to improve the physical fitness, athletic education and recreational education of the people of New York State and the United States.
The Olympic Sports Complex is located in the Town of North Elba, Essex County and is a New York State – owned facility. It operates under the administrative jurisdiction of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), and is managed by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) through a Memorandum of Understanding with the DEC. The facility is classified as an Intensive Use Area under the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan (APSLMP). An Intensive Use Area is an area where the State provides facilities for intensive forms of outdoor recreation by the public.