As you may or may not know, May is Saranac Lake SkatePark Month. That is why you might have seen some fundraising efforts that are under way around the village. The money collected will pay for the design, materials and site work for the relocation and improvement of the skateboard park.
The Saranac Lake SkatePark Committee has been planning a better area for skateboarders for the past 10 years. They had a good spot for many years behind the police station, with great oversight, conveniently located a short walk from school and to downtown businesses where they could get a slice of pizza or a soda. However, with two new biotech businesses moving into the former village offices and water works, and with their plans to hire more workers, the skateboard park will soon be needed for parking. Let's face it: Economic development takes precedence over a skatepark for limited downtown real estate.
Possible locations have been the height of discussion, and there have been many challenges. The new site should be easy for students to get to, be safe and secure once they are there, have visibility for passive oversight, not be disruptive to others and have the physical criteria needed to build the park. Don't despair; the group is persistent and will see that the project happens this year, at a location that will soon be finalized. More importantly, we hope people support this project so it sends a message to our youth that community cares.
Much appreciation goes to the businesses for helping the SkatePark project by donating a portion of their proceeds on certain days. These include restaurants like Little Italy, Eat 'n' Meet, Blue Moon Cafe and La Bella, and retailers like the Community Store, Ampersound, Pink and Blue Line Sports. There were also a "Bowling to Skate" event at Romano's Saranac Lanes and a car wash at Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union last week.
So as you are driving around Saranac Lake and see a sidewalk sign with balloons, please stop, shop and eat while also helping support the efforts for a new skateboard park.
There's also Trivia Night at 7:30 p.m. today at Saranac Village at Will Rogers, Hot Dog Day at Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware on Friday, May 25, Skateboarder Tag Day that same day at various locations, and lastly a concert by Heidi Little and Friends at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31, at Will Rogers.
If you are interested in knowing more, call 518-637-4297, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or look on Facebook for the Saranac Lake Skateboard Park. If you are unable to attend the events but would like to donate, please make checks payable to Saranac Lake Rotary Foundation, c/o SL SkatePark, P.O. Box 995, Saranac Lake, NY 12983.