West Bath House and Beach Improvements

West Bath House and Beach Improvements

Lake Taghkanic State Park, NYS OPRHP, Ancram, NY

Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers a wonderful variety of recreational activities including two swimming beaches. The park’s West Bathhouse is heavily used during the summer months. Last updated in the 1960’s, the facility had experienced a great deal of wear and tear requiring complete renovation.

The existing bathhouse was demolished and replaced with a multi-use structure housing the park’s main office, changing rooms, bathroom facilities, and food concessions. The building is designed in a rustic park-like style using heavy timber construction.

The site was heavily renovated to better serve park visitors, with improved circulation around and through the building. The site landscape plan incorporates native plant materials to bring the surrounding forest to the interior of the site. Site development closely followed existing grade to minimize environmental disturbance.

Saratoga Associates provided concept design through construction documentation for architectural and site development.