North Elba to give away skateboard park equipment

Offered to village, may be headed to Saranac Lake

The town of North Elba will be giving away its equipment at the local skateboard park, but the question remains: Will it stay in Lake Placid or be shipped to Saranac Lake?

North Elba won’t be funding an attendant at the skateboard park adjacent to the Shipman Youth Center as it has recently, and the equipment remains behind a locked fence and is not being used.

“It didn’t quite work out the way we had hoped,” Councilman Bob Miller said at the North Elba Town Board meeting on April 10.

In the summer of 2010, the town funded an attendant to manage the skateboard park. It was sunny that year, Miller said, and the park was open for 63 days.

“Thirty-eight days no kids showed up at all,” Bob said. “And out of the days that kids did show up, it was for 10 or 15 minutes.”

The Youth Center doesn’t want the skateboard park equipment. The Lake Placid Central School District doesn’t want it. The Olympic Regional Development Authority doesn’t want it. And the town doesn’t have any land to put it on.

“I think some are open to giving it to the kids in Saranac Lake or Wilmington ... because they want the equipment,” Miller said. “We’re not using it ... We want kids to use this equipment.”

Town Supervisor Roby Politi said he will ask Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall if the village wants to have the equipment and move it to village property.

“I think we have an obligation to exhaust all avenues before you make a decision to move it outside the community because it was something that was given here, but I think that we all agree with you (that) it makes no sense to have equipment, that kids could be using, that’s sitting and not being utilized,” Politi said.

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