It’s been more than 10 years since the concept of a Skateboard Park in the Village of Saranac Lake was perceived and since then, different village boards have found their way to approving different locations for a skate park and then different visions of what a skate park should look like.. Right now, for example, there is a temporary park behind the police station in the Village but that’s all going to change because the village has approved a contract which specifies the relationship between the Skate Park Committee, and the Village to allow for construction of a facility Behind Community Bank in Saranac Lake.. Lindy Ellis and Rich Shapiro have been spearheading the final phase of the project to get Skate Park construction underway.
Lindy says there will be different features, including flow features where kids can skate in a quarter pipe, or come down a curve and there are also street features like rails, benches and stairs where within the park, skateboarders will have different interesting and challenging features appropriate for beginners and boarders with higher skills..
The Skate Park in Lake Placid was located behind the Shipman Youth Center and was surrounded by a large green aluminium fence which wasn’t typically open unless there was adult supervision which many suggest contributed to the lack of interest at that site which lead to the Town of North Elba donating the equipment to Wilmington.. “There’s a big difference in the way we’re approaching the skate park in Saranac Lake,” Shapiro commented, “We spent a lot of time looking at locations that would have visibility in the village, and that would provide access to all ages of riders. The location behind Community Bank does both, it allows for passive supervision and it’s centrally located so that most kids can walk to the park.”
“The committee is still looking to raise about $40,000 dollars. Until the money is raised, We’ve secured a private loan.” Ellis Said. “We’re also looking for additional in kind donations which will total about $15,000. We have several fundraisers in the works, more hot dog days and if you’re interested in donating, now is the time.”