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Saranac Lake, North Elba to turn landfills into playing fields

The village of Saranac Lake and town of North Elba are applying for a state grant to build recreational fields on top of their landfills, which closed in the 1990s. Above is the Saranac Lake village landfill.

The village of Saranac Lake and town of North Elba are applying for a state grant to build recreational fields on top of their landfills, which closed in the 1990s. Above is the Saranac Lake village landfill. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— When grant money arrives, the village would need state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) officials sign off on the plan for retrofitting the fields, including rerouting the methane vents.

This grant has two components, each with its own funding source, according to McNamara.

The first part of the grant ($435,000) is for the landfill redevelopment and is being filed with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. The total cost of this project is $875,000.

The second part of the grant ($23,200) is for an update to the Lake Placid-North Elba Joint Comprehensive Plan and is being filed with the New York State Department’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The total cost of this project is $47,200. The village of Lake Placid is partnering with the town of North Elba on this part of the application.

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