New York, NY (May 25, 2022)— The Open Space Institute (OSI) today announced that its historic, 212-acre Adirondac Upper Works Property in Newcomb, NY welcomed 19,650 visitors in 2021. Since the official unveiling last year of a suite of trail and parking area renovations aimed at improving public access at the site, OSI has continued to make enhancements that better welcome and guide visitors to the area, including the installation of additional wayfinding signage and planning for the rehabilitation of MacNaughton Cottage. The number of visitors underscores the critical role improving and protecting lands plays in helping to increase public access to some of the Adirondack’s most remote and popular destinations, like the High Peaks Wilderness Area, and spurring economic activity by driving traffic to community restaurants and local stores.
With the first phase of improvements completed at its Adirondac Upper Works site, this month OSI is advancing a long-anticipated planning initiative for the rehabilitation of MacNaughton Cottage. OSI has started a planning, engineering, and design process with the goal of beginning construction on the structure in 2023. Potential future uses for the cottage include space for visitor information, educational and recreational programming, seasonal housing for interns, equipment rentals, and a visitor contact station for forest rangers.
“OSI's construction and expansion of the Upper Works Trailhead last year resulted in better dispersement of explorers, improved public safety and navigation, and the protection of some of the region’s most precious natural resources. These next upgrades will enrich the visitor experience by providing additional amenities and highlighting the rich history of the landscape,” said Kim Elliman, president and CEO at OSI. “Access to nature continues to be a key priority for New Yorkers, evidenced by strong park visitation numbers throughout the state, meaning these improvements are supporting on-the-ground needs.”