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May 4, 2014

Board approves SkatePark support

SARANAC LAKE — The Saranac Lake Village Board has approved $100,000 of in-kind work for the Saranac Lake SkatePark site this summer.

The work is valued to include Department of Public Works time, equipment and materials.

“The village resolution gives us all the site-prep work, basically getting it ready to pour concrete,” SkatePark Committee spokesman Rich Shapiro said after the meeting.

“Excavation needs to be done, and then they will be bringing in the gravel and layering it. They figure it will take about four weeks.”

The final site for the park was chosen by the board last year; it will take up part of the midtown parking lot between Community Bank and Twin D Auto.

The Village Board voted 3-2 to go ahead with support for the park, which has been designed by Pillar Designs.

Trustees Tom Catillaz and Paul Van Cott voted against village support out of concern for cost and work crews’ time.

But a dozen skateboarders attended the recent Village Board meeting, urging their leaders to move forward.

“They were a little nervous, but it was good for the kids to present their views,” Shapiro said.

TIMING

The project has been “in progress” and in fundraising mode here for nearly 11 years.

The Village Board vote means the public park will be built this summer.

“We’re looking to start construction around the third week in July,” Shapiro said.

“But the actual date depends a lot on whether the Broadway (water main) project is done on time. That parking lot is the staging area for construction on Broadway.

“The contractors have their equipment there, and that has to be removed for the SkatePark work to start.”

DONATIONS NEEDED

The SkatePark Committee has raised $76,000 for the park and earned a Tony Hawk Foundation grant of $25,000.

The project still needs about $40,000 for construction. But a fundraising website has been set up for the final push toward completion.

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