The Community Development Commission established a partnership with the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs in 2013. The Institute requires their graduate students to successfully complete a learning service project as a Capstone experience. Dr. Laurie Miller administers the program.
In 2015 a group of three Cornell students participated in a semester long study of the trail systems in the North Elba / Lake Placid area. Devin Martin, Allison Springer and Yuexi Zheng visited the area, spoke with various stakeholders, and presented their finding at a public forum. Their report includes the first comprehensive maps of the trail systems that are administered by different community groups and suggests ways integrate those systems.
Memorandum of Understanding – 2015 Trail Study- Scope of Work
CORNELL STUDY MAPS
- Existing Trails – Street Map
- Existing Trails – Topography
- Existing Trails – Land Classifications
- Existing Trails – Including historic Bridal Trail
- Possible Wilmington Connections
In January, 2017 the Commission continued the project with another group of students from the Cornell School of Public Affairs. The goal was to develop a consumer map of the trails easily accessible residents and visitors.
Graduate Students Zihan Wang, Zixian Liu and Shugun Zhung, under the supervision or Instructor Rebecca Brennan developed a consumer pamphlet of 8 selected walking trails within the Town of North Elba.