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March 20, 2013

North Elba's skateboard gear goes to Wilmington

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They are simply waiting for the ice to melt to move the equipment.

“We’ve lined up a couple trailers to haul the stuff with, and, as soon as the weather breaks and we can get the equipment out of the ice, we’re moving it here.”

Wilmington crews removed the wind-damaged skate-park features last week.

“We do have three or four ramps that are still in fairly good shape, and a couple of towns have shown interest; the towns of Jay and Elizabethtown are considering taking them,” Preston said.

SHARED SPACES

North Elba’s unused skate park sits behind the Shipman Youth Center in Lake Placid; the equipment was purchased in 2006 with a $100,000 state grant, and the park opened in 2007.

But the fenced-in area proved too challenging for sustained use because it’s on Lake Placid School District property, requiring constant supervision to remain open.

The school, North Elba and the Youth Center agreed to give the equipment away last year.

Sweeney said Saranac Lake was grateful for North Elba’s offer.  

“Wilmington lost their equipment and, recognizing that need, we all agreed to move in that direction,” he said.

And the kids do go to other towns to use skateboard equipment. Public park areas are shared spaces among towns.

“It’s great for all parties,” Sweeney said. “There’s no ‘ownership’ to material when the kids come into play.”

Email Kim Smith Dedam:   kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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