At a Warren County Board of Supervisors’ meeting last August, county Youth Bureau Director Margaret Sing Smith introduced three youths involved in advocating the construction of the Lake George Skate Park (left to right): Frankie Cavone and Doug Quimby of Lake George and Nick Farry of Guilderland.
Photo by Thom Randall.
LAKE GEORGE Seven years ago, a rebellious-looking boy and several of his friends were apprehended by the local police for skateboarding down the village sidewalks. Detained in the local holding cell, Lake George middle-schooler Frankie Cavone waited for his mom Tina Cacckello, a local hair salon owner, to bail him out.
Their skateboards had been confiscated and sent to the mayor’s office, so they’d have to make a convincing plea to get them back, Cacckello recalled this week.
“We were in Mayor Blais’ office and Frankie and his friends were scared out of their minds,” she recalled May 7. “We all told the mayor ‘Lake George needs a skateboard park where kids can have fun and not get in trouble,’ and he said, ‘You’re right we do,’ and before long, a campaign to build one was underway.”
This dream of 10 or so local skateboarders for a local skate park — following years of planning and fundraising by several dozen local teenagers, their parents, community leaders and youth advocates — is now destined to become a reality.
The Lake George Skate Park is likely to be constructed in August, Lake George Mayor Robert Blais announced this week.
When completed, the park is likely to host professional and amateur skateboarding competitions as well as be open to the public for recreational use.
This latest development is due to reaching the goal of raising $60,000 — half of the project’s initial construction cost, Blais said.
The skatepark is to be located on West Brook Road as a featured attraction in the Charles R. Wood Park at the south end of Lake George Village.
While the idea was advocated in fall 2008 by local teenagers in the Act for Youth group, Blais as well as community activist Patricia Dow, leader of Communities Come Together, embraced the skatepark effort and promoted its development to accommodate local skateboarders as well as provide an additional tourist attraction.