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June 29, 2013

Skateboard park design chosen


The entire 5,200-square-foot park is wrapped in a 15-foot greenspace buffer built up on 2 feet of gravel and earth.

It adjoins two rows of parking along the River Walk pathway through the village.


The Saranac River did not flood the skatepark area in the massive snowmelt/rain event of spring 2011, Shapiro said.

“The main issue is going to have to address drainage coming from the other side.”

With the final design due on paper in two weeks, the committee will then look to Saranac Lake’s Department of Public Works to schedule prep work at the site.

The exact timeline for construction is still somewhat in flux.

“We are awaiting the final cost estimate from the designer,” Shapiro said.

“And word from the village (about) if they can be done by Aug. 12 in order to have the concrete poured by the second week in October. We won’t know for another three weeks or so where all these things land.”


Meantime, Shapiro said the committee is still seeking in-kind donations for construction materials, such as pipe, rebar, concrete, drainage pipe and wood for building forms.

“These are materials we would love to have donated or offered at a reduced price,” he said.

“It takes a village to raise a skate park. And it’s happening. A lot more people are starting to help out, because it’s something real now.”

The SkateBoard Park in Saranac Lake has been a project in active planning stages for more than 15 years.

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The Saranac Lake Skatepark has established a website at: There is also a new Facebook page with updates on design/build progress at: Rich Shapiro can be reached by phone at Gear-To-Go Tandems: 891-1869.


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