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For Release: Friday, April 30, 2021

Media Advisory for Saturday, May 1

DEC and AMR to Hold Media Availability on Opening Day of Pilot Parking Reservation Program

What: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Ausable Club/Adirondack Mountain Reserve (AMR) will be available to answer questions about the first day of the Pilot Parking Reservation program at AMR. Announced on March 29, the pilot program will operate from May 1 through Oct. 31, and will help facilitate safer public access to trailheads through the AMR gate and for Noonmark and Round mountains, improving visitors' trip planning and preparation by ensuring a guaranteed parking upon arrival.

Who: Katie Petronis, DEC Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources
John Schuler, AMR General Manager

When: Saturday, May 1, 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Media are advised to report to the AMR hiker parking area (leaves DEC's website) to check in prior to the media availability. The parking area is located across from the Giant Mountain/Roaring Brook Falls parking area off Route 73. Staff will then direct reporters to parking.

Why: The pilot reservation system complements state and local efforts already underway to reduce dangerous and illegal parking in the vicinity of the AMR property, including variable electronic message boards and additional signage, bolstered social media outreach and education, and increased law enforcement presence and parking enforcement. In recent years pedestrian traffic, illegal parking, and roadside stopping along Route 73 have created a dangerous environment for hikers and motorists alike.

To learn more, visit the DEC website or view frequently asked questions about the pilot parking reservation program on the AMR website.

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