Experiencing It All from Mountain to Valley, Blueway Trail Development Plan

Raquette River Corridor, NY

Applied Expertise

  • Urban Design Water
  • Wayfinding
  • Downtown Development
  • Heritage and Tourism


The scenic Raquette River runs 174 miles from New York State’s west-central Adirondack Park, northward to the St. Lawrence River. A state-designated recreation “Blueway Trail” the development plan for the Raquette focused on enhancing water activities and their link to existing and potential land-based amenities and water-dependent uses.

The Raquette River Blueway plan includes opportunities for economic development and combines recreation with environmental awareness to benefit local residents and attract tourists. As a regional planning effort the plan unifies the riverside communities and offers joint marketing and promotion of the river communities’ assets. The implementation strategy includes specific recommendations for a marketing plan and conceptual design of gateways, trails, river access points, signage and interpretive centers.


2010 Planning Excellence Award – Grassroots Initiative, Upstate NY Chapter of the American Planning Association

2010 Merit Award, NY Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects

2010 Best Practice, WNY Section of the Upstate NY Chapter of the American Planning Association

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