Former Gaslight Village gets new life as community park

May 29, 2019 04:46 PM

LAKE GEORGE - The long-awaited opening of a park in Lake George is being celebrated by tourism leaders and the environmental community.

The former Gaslight Village - which entertained generations of visitors, is now named after the amusement park's founder. It's now called the Charles R. Wood Park.


Wood was the founder of both Gaslight Village and Storytown, the forerunner of the Great Escape.

Long gone are the flashing lights and shows of Gaslight Village amusement park. They've been replaced by wide open spaces, a children's playground carved into the landscape, a skate park, and a performance space. It's the result of more than 10 years of collaboration between local and county government and local environmental groups. They got together to purchase the land, which is adjacent to the lake on Beach and West Brook roads. They got grant money and turned it into a festival space that draws big conventions and a park that allows families to play and wander.

The Empire State Tow Truck Association will be the first big group to use this space in the 2019 season, when it rolls into town this weekend.

Hear what Wood's daughter has to say about the new project by watching the video of Mark Mulholland's story.


Mark Mulholland

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