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Village board approves official L.L. Bean contract

— The Cazenovia Village Board officially approved its contract with L.L. Bean to establish the outdoor apparel company’s use of Cazenovia Lake and Lakeland Park for its newest Outdoor Discovery School. The approval came two days after the green L.L. Bean trailer full of kayaks was parked near the north wall by the public swimming area in Lakeland Park, and five days before the new school begins kayaking excursions on the lake.

“This is what happens when a community has vision,” said Trustee Jim Joseph, who played an integral part in the negotiations with L.L. Bean.

The village’s contract with L.L. Bean contained no items or agreements not previously made public: the company agreed not to sell any kayaks or other equipment — or have any money change hands at all — inside Lakeland Park (which is an action currently prohibited by the village code), all parking for the schools will be outside of the park and on village streets, the company was charged the usual $75 park use fee for the program and the company will provide the necessary program insurance and indemnity to the village.

Joseph gave attendees of the board’s June 3 regular monthly meeting a brief overview and update of the village’s partnership with L.L. Bean, which came to fruition in less than two weeks. He said that while the Outdoor Discovery School program will begin solely with kayaking classes and tours, that will expand to offer paddle boarding in later summer, hiking in fall and snowshoeing in winter.

These latter two activities tie directly into the 2013 signature project for the Cazenovia Area Community Development Association, which is to create visibility and encourage use of the vast trail network and recreational amenities in Cazenovia. “You can easily envision L.L. Bean using those trails for hiking and snowshoeing,” Joseph said.

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