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March 20, 2013

North Elba's skateboard gear goes to Wilmington

LAKE PLACID — Unused skateboard-park equipment here will move to a new home shortly.

But the state-of-the-art metal ramps and rails aren’t going to Saranac Lake, as previously planned.

Town and village officials in North Elba, Saranac Lake and Wilmington opted to relocate the steel skateboard-park features to Wilmington after that town’s gear was ruined by wind this winter.

“We had a wind storm at the end of January, and it destroyed about 50 percent of the skate-park stuff,” Wilmington Supervisor Randy Preston said.

The town asked if the still unused gear owned by North Elba could be moved to Wilmington.

After discussing the situation with Saranac Lake officials, the North Elba Town Council voted unanimously to give the equipment to Wilmington.

“We’re just excited that kids are going to use the equipment,” North Elba Councilman Bob Miller said. “Wilmington has a perfect spot.”

WOULDN’T FIT

The Saranac Lake Village Board and SkatePark Committee have been working to find a place to install the equipment.

A plan to put it behind the Saranac Lake Police Station stalled, but now they have their eye on part of a parking lot behind JCPenney, between Broadway and Church Street. 

But the big steel boxes and ramps from North Elba wouldn’t fit there.

“The equipment offered from North Elba appears not to be able to work within the space for the proposed skateboard park,” Village Manager John Sweeney said.

Saranac Lake officials are moving forward with a design for ramps and features made of concrete.

WHEN ICE MELTS

The equipment is ideal for the solid blacktop pad in Wilmington, though.

“Our guys went up ... and measured all the equipment and measured the layout to make sure it will fit in our skate park area. It will fit perfectly,” Preston said. 

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