LAKE GEORGE — It has taken three decades to get from Gaslight Village to the Charles R. Wood Environmental Park and Festival Commons, and Lake George elected officials, community leaders and environmental advocates celebrated that milestone on Wednesday.
Mayor Robert Blais said this park will be a “legacy for generations to enjoy.”
“It took so many people, so many people — many of you who are here today, to pull off something like this,” he said. “Somewhere, someone said: ‘If it’s worth it, it’s going to take a long time.’”
The site off Route 9 had been home to Gaslight Village, which was a vaudeville-themed amusement park created by Charles R. Wood. His youngest daughter, Charlene Wood, said Wednesday that the park was a favorite of her mother, but it closed in 1991 because of changing tastes.
The Gaslight Village buildings were leveled and a park created that has hosted concerts and events.
There is also a children’s play area, a skate park, public bathrooms and a walking trail. The last part of the project, a fountain and a small pool, was completed last fall.
In addition, a man-made wetland was created along West Brook Drive, which filters stormwater before it reaches the lake.