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Lake Placid seeks input on Parkside Drive issues

Public meeting set for Aug. 27

Lake Placid residents are being asked to attend a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at the North Elba Town Hall to share their views on the traffic and parking situation on Parkside Drive, seen here on the lower end. One option is to change the street to one-way traffic. Mirror Lake Drive is in the foreground, and the white car is headed toward Morningside Drive.

Lake Placid residents are being asked to attend a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 at the North Elba Town Hall to share their views on the traffic and parking situation on Parkside Drive, seen here on the lower end. One option is to change the street to one-way traffic. Mirror Lake Drive is in the foreground, and the white car is headed toward Morningside Drive. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The village of Lake Placid is asking residents for their views on the Parkside Drive traffic and parking situation and has set a public meeting on the topic.

“There’s some ideas (we have), and I think there may be others if we allow people to speak,” Mayor Craig Randall said at the Village Board meeting Monday, July 30 at the Mirror Lake beach house.

Parkside Drive is a busy street in the heart of Lake Placid. The lower end is residential and connects Morningside Drive (location of the Lake Placid Club golf courses) with Mirror Lake Drive (location of the North Elba Town Hall, National Sports Academy and village beach). The upper end is a mix of residential and commercial properties and connects Mirror Lake Drive with Main Street. People park there to access the beach, park, tennis courts, beach house, Adirondack Community Church and the post office.

Both ends are popular parking areas due to the free parking, which is scarce in Lake Placid.

Mayor Randall suggested that Parkside Drive residents be sent an official invitation to the public meeting — set for 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 27 — which will follow the Village Board’s regular meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Town Hall. Yet Trustee Zay Curtis III said the entire community should be welcome to attend.

“I think it affects more than just the (Parkside Drive) residents,” Curtis said.

During the meeting, the Village Board will be seeking the public’s input on traffic flow and parking (including whether to install meters and a parking limit).

“We’re really looking for long-range solutions here,” Randall said.

Traffic flow is of paramount concern to some residents, and they will be asked: Would you like to see a one-way street? If so, which way should the traffic flow?

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