Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George includes wetlands built to protect the lake from pollution. Photo by Mike Lynch.

By SARA RUBERG

Charles R. Wood Park in the Village of Lake George transcends a typical park.

Visitors can enjoy recreational activities on one end which features a playground, skate park and festival commons. But the focal point of the park lies just across the street — the wetlands.

The wetlands were built in reaction to Lake George’s declining water quality. They sit beside West Brook Road, where researchers found half of Lake George’s southern basin’s contaminants came from. They act as a filter for stormwater runoff, keeping contaminants like phosphorus and nitrogen from reaching the lake.

The project has exceeded its

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