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March 20, 2013

Concrete skateboard park for Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — Even without inheriting North Elba’s steel ramps and rails, skateboarders will have a skate park in Saranac Lake, SkatePark Committee Chairman Rich Shapiro said.

The site has shifted from behind the Police Station, though.

“The Village Board of Trustees decided they do not want a skate park (there) because biotechnology businesses that moved into the old village offices will need more parking space back there,” Shapiro said. 

“The other two locations we found are both adjacent to residences, and the metal ramps from North Elba are also way too noisy. 

“So, we’re going to go concrete, which is a much nicer skate park. It’s just going to cost more this way.”

The proposed and preferred site behind JCPenney is next to the River Walk trail in the village.

“We did core drilling ... to see if the soils are suitable to hold the weight of a concrete skate park,” Shapiro said.

“We hope to have the test results back in about three weeks. We are moving forward, but it’s a slow, steady process, slowly moving quickly.”

The parking lot between Church Street and Broadway is next to the Saranac River, he said, and a park there would make a nice addition to open space in the village.

“We are working with a designer, Pillar Design Studios, which is actually owned by a young man from Star Lake,” Shapiro said.

Once the location is finalized, the SkatePark Committee in Saranac Lake will complete the design, he said.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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