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William Morris leading area for Saranac Lake skate park

The North Elba town skatepark.

The North Elba town skatepark. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

The Saranac Lake SkatePark Committee has prioritized their choices for the site of the equipment formerly owned by the Town of North Elba.

In a letter to the Board of Trustees, the committee, comprised of Lindy Ellis, Deb Harrison, Gail Meyer, Rich Shapiro, Jon Vinograd and Peggy Wiltberger reported that the William Morris park was the best fit for the skatepark according to their research.

According to the letter, each member of the committee ranked six sites from 1 (best) to 6 based on the essential criteria of walking distance from schools and residential areas via a safe route; open and visible location providing passive supervisor; a location that encourages multiple uses; and accessibility to other village services, like bathrooms and convenience stores.

William Morris Park received a ranking of 1.33 from the committee, followed by Ampersand Park (1.83), the old village office lot (2.83), the lot behind the Community Bank (4), Pelkey Lane site (4.33) and the Civic Center (6).

The committee said the skate park ranked the lowest unanimously and therefore would not make an appropriate site.

While William Morris Park received the highest marks, a group made up of two trustees, Community Development Director Jeremy Evans, Village Manager John Sweeney, DPW Superintendent Robert Martin and the committee came to “overwhelming concensus,” that Ampersand Park was the most appropriate.

The group also talked about Pelkey Lane, but said there would have to be a lot of work put in on the part of the village to make the site workable for the park.

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