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Skateboard park gains momentum

LAKE GEORGE - Village Mayor Robert Blais is hosting a party Friday, May 15 to raise funds for a proposed local skateboard park.

All are welcome to attend the party at Fun World, an arcade on Canada St. owned by the mayor. The party includes friendly competition and pizza as well as video and electronic games.

During the event, the money spent on arcade games will be donated toward developing a year-round skateboard park for area youth, Blais said.

At the fundraising arcade party, trophies will be awarded to the winners of competitions on six different games: Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Ski-Ball and others.

The concept of a skateboard park, discussed for years, has gained momentum since September after a local youth started meeting weekly at the school with organizers from Act For Youth, a non-profit initiative administered by the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council.

Since then, a group of youth and adults have worked together to raise more than $1,500, a growing sum that is to be augmented by public money.

The village has committed $5,000 toward the park, and a matching pledge of $5,000 from the town of Lake George is pending. Fundraisers to date for the park initiative have included a spaghetti dinner, a St. Patrick's Day meal at J.T. Reilly's and last weekend's townwide yard sale organized by the Fort William Henry resort.

Other fundraisers, including a "cut-a-thon" by a local hair stylist, are also scheduled.

A group of youth and adults met last week to discuss fund-raising, possible sites for the park and the potential sources of grant funding.

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