News Releases


VIS Opposes Lake Flower Trail Plan   8/4/2015

As the donor of a substantial portion of the Village parkland along River Street – our gift to the Village in 1949 – the Village Improvement Society has a continuing special interest and concern regarding its use. Therefore, we are disheartened by the Village Board’s recent decision to pave over a significant portion of the remaining grassed open space to create a 12-foot wide curvilinear “multi-use trail” for pedestrians and bicyclists… read more

VIS Helps the Village  7/21/2015

The generosity of local contributors has made it possible for the Village Improvement Society (VIS) to invigorate the beauty of downtown Saranac Lake by acquiring several new trees. Working with the Downtown Advisory Board, VIS combined efforts with the Village of Saranac Lake to purchase eight new trees to line Main Street… read more


A Little Help from Our Friends 6/17/2015

Earlier this spring, 19 arboriculture students from Paul Smith’s College clocked several hours working at VIS’s Denny Park at the corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Pine Street…  In addition, National Grid workers removed five trees that were determined hazardous… read more

VIS Board Member Kathy Ford Named “Citizen of the Year” 6/10/2015

Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce officials Tuesday announced the citizen, business and volunteer of the year for 2015. The citizen is Kathy Ford… read more

Paul Smith’s Students Help with Denny Park Clean-Up   4/29/ 2015

Paul Smith’s College forestry professor Randall Swanson stood among falling branches and leaf rakers Monday afternoon and explained what was going on… The Village Improvement Society owns and maintains seven parks in Saranac Lake, including Denny Park, and each has a volunteer manager. For Denny Park, that’s Swanson…  read more