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School volunteers pitch in for playground

October 8, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - Paw Print Park at Lake Placid Elementary School will officially reopen on Wednesday, thanks to the hard work of volunteers over the weekend.

Crews of about 30 people were at the park Friday and Saturday to help rebuild the natural playground after it was closed due to injuries suffered by two students. The Lake Placid Central School District and FRIENDS, a parent organization at the elementary school, worked with Steven Lauzun of Parkitects, a playground design company based in upstate New York, to put together plans for the park that met state Education Department requirements.

LPES Principal Javier Perez said that since school started in early September, kids have been asking when the playground will be reopened.

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Lake Placid Elementary School fifth-grader Mikey Skutt and Carrie Niebanck, whose son goes to school at LPES, watch as the operator of this front-end loader empties more fill at Paw Print Park on Saturday.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Morris)

"We had an early October goal," he said. "We're right on target."

Perez said students will be able to use the new playground, which is now covered in soft, mulch-like wood chips instead of sand, during recess on Wednesday.

The weather was OK on Friday, but it was rainy and cold all day Saturday. But that didn't keep volunteers, including several elementary school students, from lending a hand.

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"I wanted to help out," said fifth-grader Mikey Skutt, 10. "I'm just spreading mulch. I'm having a good time."

Skutt worked alongside Carrie Niebanck, whose son goes to school at LPES.

"It's been a long time coming," she said. "The kids deserve it."

Crews poured concrete footings on Friday and had help from about 30 hockey players at Northwood School. Perez noted that the village of Lake Placid, the town of North Elba and the municipal electric department provided manpower and equipment as well.

The playground has been closed since last November.


Contact Chris Morris at 518-891-2600 ext. 25 or



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