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 Saranac Lake Skatepark Committee were in attendance, offering support and saying that skateboarders there would like the equipment. While Town Board members were expected to discuss the equipment June 12 and possibly make a decision who they would give it to — Saranac Lake or Wilmington have been mentioned as possible candidates — the supervisor said they didn’t have to make a decision that night.

“Quite frankly, it’s been sitting over there for a year without a lot of use,” Politi said. “Thirty days probably isn’t going to make a difference.”

Councilman Miller said he had asked LPCS Superintendent Randy Richards if the school would be willing to take down the fence around the skatepark, but liability was a concern. One idea is to have the Shipman Youth Center lease the land, taking the school off the liability.

“We’re still waiting for an answer,” Miller said.

While Town Board members reiterated that they want to find a way to keep the skatepark in Lake Placid, they don’t want to see it sit idle just to keep it in town.

“If we can’t problem solve this, I still want to see kids use it,” Miller said. “And there are some very nice folks here from Saranac Lake.”

The issue is expected to be on the agenda during the next Town Board meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 at the North Elba Town House in Saranac Lake.

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