Ferebee thought most of the Rivermede Park grounds and paths should be finished by this weekend.
The town is hoping to open the park in early August, giving the seed time to grow.
In all, the Ironman Foundation has given over $1.5 million to Lake Placid nonprofits and other regional programs since 1999. This year, $55,000 was distributed.
In previous years, Ironman grants have supported the Lake Placid Ambulance Squad and Volunteer Fire Department, the Uihlein/Ironman Sports of Lake Placid fund, Adirondack Medical Center and recreation facilities for the Village of Lake Placid.
The consistent giving back was recognized by the Village of Lake Placid, the Town of North Elba and the Convention and Visitors Bureau last summer when they affixed a bronze plaque on a rock at Mirror Lake Beach near where the swim event starts.
The “thank you” marked a five-year extension of the Ironman race contract through 2017.
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The Ironman triathlon gets underway early today.
Traffic on Routes 86 and 73 will be limited to one way in and out of Lake Placid. Also, Sentinel Road, Main Street and parts of Old Military Road will be closed or open only one way for much of the day.
The triathlon awards ceremony and athletes celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the Conference Center at Lake Placid on Main Street.