An RFP has been issued for the development of a tourism destination – Frontier Town – to serve as a gateway to the six million acres Adirondack Park.
New York State Urban Development Corporation, d/b/a Empire State Development (“ESD”), on behalf of the Town of North Hudson, Essex County, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) are the Project Sponsors.
The site to be developed is the former Frontier Town theme park in the town of North Hudson, NY. The Frontier Town theme park opened in 1952 and closed in 1998.
The Adirondacks region is a within a day’s drive of nearly 85 million people. Visitors are increasingly family groups looking to participate in outdoor activities, with an average stay was four nights. The peak season is between May and October.
A 2015 Wild Center survey revealed that visitors wanted a regional travel experiences that included outdoor activities combined with leisure, local culture and food attractions. Parents were likely to be attracted by nature-based tourism activities.
The vision for the new attraction is to offer a “diversity of unique, authentic experiences that will serve as the new Gateway to the Adirondacks”.
Proposals must be submitted by midday on 28 July, 2017.