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June 29, 2013

Skateboard park design chosen

SARANAC LAKE — The final design for the new skateboard park here has been chosen.

It is Concept B, one of three submitted by Pillar Designs founder Brad Siedlecki, who met with local kids and the SkatePark Committee to review the site last week.

“He should have the design to us (on paper) in about two weeks,” SkatePark Committee spokesman Rich Shapiro said this week.

“We met with the village this morning to hammer out the details of the Memorandum of Understanding.”

VILLAGE CREWS TO HELP

The SkatePark will be built in a parking lot area being called the Midtown Lot, which is between Church Street and Broadway near the River Walk along the Saranac River.

The site design allows for continued parking space.

Aspects of the joint memorandum outline maintenance agreements and village in-kind services, Shapiro said.

Altogether, the village portion of the project is valued at close to $40,000, with help in grading the lot, adding gravel and landscaping.

FUNDRAISING

Funds raised independently by the SkatePark Committee will support the actual design and construction.

“We’re paying everything after that, between $100,000 to $125,000 worth of construction,” Shapiro said.

The committee is continuing to raise funds and seeking grants.

It had raised more than $70,000 by early spring.

And as plans approach final design phase, support has been growing.

“The flow has definitely increased,” Shapiro said. “We are planning to have plaques for major donors. We haven’t really broached the subject with the village yet as to what we could do with naming the park.”

KIDS GAVE INPUT

As illustrated in the design sketch, the back portion of the L in the park is a wrapped quarter-pipe feature.

The final design was selected with input from skateboard enthusiasts in Saranac Lake.

“We got input from about 25 kids. Concepts B and C were the more popular. Then the kids suggested some changes that were feasible, so Brad is taking the ideas back and toying with it,” Shapiro said of the selection process.

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