Parks and Trails Advisory Board

The Parks & Trails Advisory Board (PTAB) works to make Saranac Lake a great place to live by focusing on recreation and active transportation assets within the Village.


The purpose of the Parks & Trails Advisory Board (PTAB) is to make recommendations to the Village Board on policy and plan implementation that promotes healthy living: walking, bicycling, parks, trails and other activities.  PTAB's main focus is on facilitating the implementation of the Village of Saranac Lake Trails Master Plan and Park Vision Plan as well as the Complete Streets Policy.  PTAB's other duties include:


  • Make recommendations on capital improvement projects, transportation improvement plans, recreation programs/plans and other Village programs and projects that relate to bicycling, walking and recreation.
  • Act in advisory capacity in matters pertaining to public recreation and transportation. 
  • Strategize for parks, recreation, leisure and transportation in Saranac Lake and hold public meetings for input on those strategies.
  • Establish funding priorities for grants


Meeting Information

PTAB meets once a month in the Village Board Room at 39 Main St. (2nd floor of the Town Hall). Look to the calendar for the next meeting. These meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to address the board. You may want to be put on the agenda for any upcoming meeting. If so, contact the Village of Saranac Lake Community Development Department at (518)891-4150 or


Description of Members

PTAB consists of 9 volunteer members appointed by the Village Board of Trustees. Appointments are made with an effort to represent a variety of recreation, health, leisure and wellness activities. Current members represent a diversity of interests, including but not limited to paddling, skiing, bicycling, skateboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, running, and dog walking.


PTAB Members

Name Term Expiration
Lindy Ellis, Chair
Jason Smith, Vice Chair
Tyler Merriam, Secretary
Andrea Audi
Marijke Ormel
Jimmy Cunningham
Steve Langdon
Ashley Milne
Dwight Stevenson













Complete Streets

PTAB works with the DPW to ensure the village's Complete Streets Policy is followed.

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bike to school or work.


The Village's Complete Streets Policy works to develop and maintain safe, reliable, efficient, integrated and connected multimodal transportation facilities that will promote access, mobility and health for all users, and will ensure the safety and convenience of all users of public transit, people of all ages and abilities, motorists, emergency responders, freight providers and adjacent land users. Whenever an infrastrucutre project is being planned within the village, PTAB completes a Complete Streets Checklist to identify any opportunities for enhancing the bicycle and pedestrian network. The checklist is shared with and reviewed by the DPW during the design phase of project planning.


For more information regarding PTAB, contact the Community Development Department by email or call (518)891-4150. 


Walk Friendly Community Silver Award

walk friendly communities logo

Saranac Lake is designated as a Silver-level community due to the impressive levels of walking and excellent planning efforts. Saranac Lake is very walkable community and most errands can be accomplished on foot.  A walk through the village provides beautiful lake and river views, historic architecture, parks for refuge and recreation, and many dining, shopping, and entertainment possibilities!

Saranac Lake Recreation Map

Check out our interactive Recreation Map to view boat launches, canoe access sites, trailheads, bicycle access, and scenic walkways around Saranac Lake.

PTAB Reference Documents