NYSOPRHP Westcott Beach State Park, Sterling, NY
Working with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Saratoga Associates was tasked with developing a cottage prototype for the entire New York State park system. Westcott Beach State Park was the first park to implement the construction of this new prototype, placing 10 units high on a ridge overlooking Lake Ontario. The buildings are carefully sited along the top of a wooded ridge, designed and oriented to take advantage of sweeping views while remaining inconspicuous in the landscape. Site elements include a gravel road, accessible parking, stone dust walkways, native plantings, and implementing green infrastructure practices, which acknowledge the challenges of shallow bedrock throughout the site– permeable paver patios, stormwater storage under the roadway, and a roadside swale to convey runoff to surface treatment.