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The Village of Saranac Lake Tables a resolution proposing to place the recently donated Skateboard Park Equipment on the tennis court in Ampersand Park. Village Residents who are neighbors of the park are in attendance at the meeting along with other community members who have come out for the discussion have filled the meeting room to it’s capacity and As Saranac Lake’s Mayor Clyde Rabideau gets the public comment underway, many take the opportunity to chime in.. Natalie LeDuc says Mt Pisgah has had it’s issues over the years but anyplace where there’s a gathering is bound to have a problem or two, but she says that’s an ideal location, it’s safe and it’s long overdue. she heartily approved of placing the skateboard park on the tennis court. Barb Martin is a member of the Ampersand Playground committee..
Mary Bartell owns a building across the street from the Park and she says as business owners they have concerns regarding the skate park location proposed in the ampersand park primarily because of the increased noise that she says will occur, and the proximity of the skate park to their business and surrounding homes..
Rabideau suggested there are at least four areas if not more for consideration including the possibility of a park near the Civic Center, at Dewey Mountain and others suggested Pisgah. Trustee Ellias Pelliteire explains why the location is changing..
Chad Longkey has been skateboarding since a very young age and reflected on today’s youth and their need for an accessible and convenient location. “I think if you put the park too far outside of town, no one will be able to use it due to transportation issues,” Longkey said, “but next to the Civic Center, or in the Park, those would be good for boarders and it would get some use.”
The Village Board appears ready to move on a Skateboard Park location and to allow the Skateboard Park Committee to continue their work to find a suitable home where the kids can make use of the equipment which has been given to the committee by the Town of North Elba and now awaits a new permanent home..