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North Elba tries last move to keep skatepark in town

The North Elba town skatepark.

The North Elba town skatepark. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Members of the North Elba Town Board Tuesday, June 12 decided to keep working with the Lake Placid Central School District to find a way to keep the town’s skateboard park equipment in the Olympic Village.

If they cannot find a solution locally, the equipment may be given to another community, possibly Saranac Lake.

Right now school officials are concerned about liability if they take down the fence surrounding the equipment, currently located on school property next to the Shipman Youth Center on Cummins Road, and leave it unsupervised, according to Town Board members. The only way to cover liability now is to pay someone to supervise the park, which town officials have tried in the past and decided it’s not worth the investment for the small number of people who had used it.

Dan Leff urged Town Board members June 12 to keep the skatepark in Lake Placid. In addition to the $100,000 secured by former Town Supervisor Shirley Seney, Leff donated $35,000 of his own money for park’s equipment. His son, Brian, designed it. Both were at the June 12 meeting, along with park builder Pat Ledger.

“I simply wanted to show up and say thank you and say it’s the right call,” Dan Leff told board members about their decision to wait another month to find a way to keep the skatepark in Lake Placid.

“We understand you’re the primary stakeholder, and it is very much appreciated by the community,” Town Supervisor Roby Politi said. “We had (Councilman) Bob (Miller) working on this for over a year trying to solve the problem. We thought we had it solved at one point with ORDA; unfortunately, that didn’t materialize.”

Town officials said they had tried to move the equipment to another venue in town, but there was no suitable location and ORDA didn’t want it.

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