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Lake George skate park may be built by 2013

A local skateboarder flies off a ramp during a demonstration held in conjunction with the 'Sham Rock the Block' event held on St. Patrick's Day weekend in Lake George. More than a dozen teenagers have been working for years to establish a skate park where they can hone their skills. As of this week, the park is closer to reality, thanks to new funding sources.

A local skateboarder flies off a ramp during a demonstration held in conjunction with the 'Sham Rock the Block' event held on St. Patrick's Day weekend in Lake George. More than a dozen teenagers have been working for years to establish a skate park where they can hone their skills. As of this week, the park is closer to reality, thanks to new funding sources. Tim Weatherwax/One Shot Photography

— Also, the Lake George Rotary Club has pledged $1,000, a sum also promised by Stewart’s Shops.

A substantial portion of construction funds are expected to come from both a pending grant from the Charles Wood Foundation and proceeds from a $1.8 million grant — an application for which the village just recently submitted, but expects to obtain.

Also, the skateboarders are holding an Art on Skateboards sale later this year as a fundraiser, Blais said. The proceeds from this sale are to purchase helmets and pads for people who come to the park to skate without appropriate equipment, he said.

Blais told the village board Monday July 16 about another potential source of funds for the park. He said the James Quirk family of Shoreline enterprises has proposed to hold a skate-park fundraiser on one of their cruise boats, with the Quirks matching proceeds up to $5,000 — yielding up to $10,000 for the park project. Their donation was proposed in exchange for the park to be named after Matthew E. Quirk, who died in 2009. Board members said they appreciated the family’s generous spirit, and would consider the offer.

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