The so-called Olmsted Plan for the Village of Saranac Lake was commissioned by the Village Board of Trade, a precursor of the Chamber of Commerce. It was completed by Edward Clark Whiting of the renowned landscape architecture firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park and many other urban parks. Emphasis was given to parks, naturally — especially the development of parks along the river corridor. In 1907, a group of prominent village women formed the Village Improvement Society to promote and initiate the park aspect of the "Olmsted Plan", as it came to be called, the Village Board having found it too expensive to implement.  A typescript copy of the plan can be found in the Adirondack Collection of the Saranac Lake Free Library.

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