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Saranac Lake village readies for skateboard park

The North Elba town skatepark.

The North Elba town skatepark. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Saranac Lake Village Board members Monday, May 29 decided to prep the skateboard park area next to the police station in case the North Elba Town Board decides to donate its own equipment to the village.

Yet not every trustee was ready to make the in-kind donation.

“I have this feeling that skateboarding is gone by,” said Trustee Tom Catillaz. “I’m downtown almost every single night and I don’t see skateboarders. This is a fad that I think is gone, and I think this thing ought to be forgotten about.”

Trustee Paul Van Cott asked fellow Trustee Elias “Allie” Pelletieri — who signed the resolution to provide in-kind services to prep the park — how he would respond to Catillaz’s comments.

“I would ask Mr. Catillaz to go out Kiwassa Road just about any night and you’ll see skateboarders,” Pelletieri said. “They come down the hill right on the town-village line, Branch Farm Road. They’re there often, very often. They were there this weekend. So there is still skateboarding going on.”

Pelletieri said the skateboard committee is still going strong.

“They have no given up,” Pelletieri said. “I think skateboarding is still alive, and if you had a park you’d probably see more of it.”

Trustee Barbara Rice, who is the co-owner of Rice Furniture, said she sees kids every day after school walking down Main Street with skateboards under their arms.

“I disagree that it’s just a fad,” Rice said. “My son who’s an artist is in the process of designing skateboards for a company out of Massachusetts, and he also has a friend who is making a living out of skateboarding and is sponsored by companies and travels all over the country.”

Village Board members approved the resolution to provide in-kind services to prepare the proposed location of the skateboard park for the pouring of a concrete pad. The vote was 3-1, with Van Cott, Rice and Pelletieri voting in favor and Catillaz voting against. A completion date of aug. 31 has been proposed.

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