The Canal Region Gateway Visitor Center will feature the Champlain Canal and Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, Saratoga National Historical Park and the initiatives of the Historic Saratoga-Washington on the Hudson Partnership. Facility objectives include the following:
- Direct Visitors to the region’s Waypoint Communities, Heritage Centers, and attractions;
- Provide an introduction to the activities and interpretive themes of the region; and
- Provide interpretation of key features of the Gateway Visitor Center site. Funding for this project is provided through a Task Agreement between the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and Lakes to Locks Passage, Inc.
The development of a visitor center in partnership with regional organizations that share the goals of preserving, interpreting, and promoting the Corridor’s heritage resources, furthers the mission of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and implements the goals of the Erie Canalway Preservation and Management Plan.
The proposed Canal Region Gateway Visitor Center will be located on the property previously utilized by the Town of Saratoga for the Town Hall, adjacent to Fort Hardy Park, located on NYS Route29/Ferry Street in Schuylerville New York.
This project will address the programmatic needs for a Visitor Center including, but not limited to, exhibit space, visitor circulation, operations, storage, maintenance, and potential vender space.
The goals of this project include the following:
- A summary of programmatic needs for the Visitor Center
- An assessment of the existing site condition and the former Saratoga Town Hall, and
- A conceptual project design including a cost estimate to provide the basis for further
design and development of the Visitor Center