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For Immediate Release:
July 17, 2012
Edison Alban @DOS
Kristi Dippel @ Town of Clayton
315-686-3512 ext. 26


Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales was joined today by Village of Clayton Mayor, Norma Zimmer; Town of Clayton Supervisor, Justin A. Taylor; Village of Clayton Board of Trustees, local officials and community leaders for the Inauguration of Clayton Riverwalk Pavilion in Frink Park along the shore of the St. Lawrence River waterfront.

In 2010, the Department of State awarded the Village of Clayton a Local Waterfront Revitalization grant for the planning, design and construction of a pavilion in Frink Park. Construction of the pavilion was recently completed, providing a welcoming waterfront gateway to downtown Clayton. The pavilion is expected to attract new commercial development by serving as a destination and gathering place for tourists and residents.

 “Revitalization of Clayton’s waterfront with its focus on recreation, open space, transportation and sustainability is the example of community renewal we need to follow across this state,” said Secretary Cesar. A. Perales. “Throughout the years, the Department of State has collaborated with the people of Clayton in the successful completion of revitalization projects such as the Riverwalk Pavilion. This work is a fine example of what is possible when state government and local communities work together for the benefit of New York State residents.”

This grant award also includes funding to extend the Clayton Riverwalk from Frink Park to the Clayton Monument in the center of the village’s commercial district.  Design for this project component is currently underway and construction is anticipated in summer 2013. The extended Riverwalk will expand public waterfront access and connect waterfront parks, the downtown commercial district, and cultural resources in the community.

“The Clayton Riverwalk Pavilion Project has been a great opportunity for all of us to work together to provide the North Country with a fabulous addition to the area’s scenic attractions.  Clayton is an international gateway, welcoming tourists from all over the world, especially our neighbors to the north, Canada.  We are grateful for the assistance of the New York State Department of State in achieving this milestone”, stated Mayor of Clayton Norma J. Zimmer.

“The Town and Village of Clayton have had a long standing partnership with the New York State Department of State.  We recognize the importance of this State – Local government cooperation.  The excellent staff and programs like the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program that Department of State offers to us as a community, region and statewide are critical to enhancing waterfronts and economic development”, said Town of Clayton Supervisor, Justin A. Taylor. “The Village of Clayton Local Development Corporation and Mayor Norma Zimmer took a solid lead in this phase of our communities’ “River Walk” master plan.  This is another example of how good communication and cooperation between government entities produces outstanding results like the River Walk Pavilion.”

The style/design of the Frink Park pavilion is based on previous use of the site.  The Frink Park pavilion was designed by architects with Aubertine & Currier Architects, Watertown, to look like a large, covered patio resembling the old train station that was once on the Frink America property. In the early days of the last century, Clayton “Gateway to the 1,000 Islands” was the northern most terminus of the N.Y. Central Railroad.  There, passengers disembarked to steamboats that lined the docks, destined for islands and villages up and down the river and north into Canada.

The Department of State has a long history of partnering with Clayton to revitalize its St. Lawrence waterfront and the adjacent downtown.  Since completion of its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program in 1986, Clayton has received nine Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grants from the Department of State totaling over $2.2 million for planning and construction projects which have been instrumental in improving recreational and cultural amenities for Clayton residents and tourists and have made a positive impact on the local economy and quality of life.  Among the projects the Department of State has funded are the Clayton Opera House, Frink America Property Redevelopment, Thousand Island Regional Dock and Village of Clayton Dock.