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State releases ambitious plans for Saratoga Spa State Park

The cost of implementing the improvements called for in the draft of the master plan have not been calculated, but it would collectively cost "tens of millions" to implement them.

Chinian said that many of the big-ticket upgrades constitute a "wish list" that may or may not come to fruition, but much of the planning will be helpful anyways.

"I don't think it's a bad idea to take the time to develop a strategic plan for the park regardless of what the economic situation is," she said. "Some of those things can be made operations just in the normal course of doing business here."

That might include the suggestion of installing new signage in the park to direct visitors.

"We know that the signage is very inconsistent. It's difficult for people to find their way around the park," Chinian said. "We could move forward on those things over time with very little expense."

Public comment will be gathered before a final version of the plan is drafted. A hearing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in the Ballroom of the Gideon Putnam Hotel in the park, and written comments may be provided until Friday, Oct. 9.

The report may be viewed at http://nysparks.state.ny.us/news/publicdocuments/.

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