Help build a new skateboard park

We are very close to building the kids a fun, safe, successful skateboard facility here in Saranac Lake. The SL skateboarders are our sons and daughters, our nieces and nephews, and our grandkids. By building the SL SkatePark in a central location, we will invest in our downtown and give kids a place to play as their parents and grandparents shop. Skateboarding provides a healthy activity that is fun to watch. The SkatePark will attract families to spend time downtown, which is good for restaurants and good for business. Building the SkatePark lets our kids know the community cares about them.

Nearly 16 years ago, skaters and families packed the old village board room, lobbying community leaders for a permanent skateboarding area. Those skaters have since gone on to become military service members, artists, chefs, engineers, teachers and musicians. Some have gotten married and now have kids of their own asking for a place to skate.

Fast-forward to now, with a supportive community and village board. The village has declared May 2013 as SkatePark Month, and the downtown merchants and area businesses have pulled out the stops to help with fundraising. Come out and support the SkatePark through these fun events:

-Saturday, May 18 – “It Takes a Village” Trivia Night, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 7 p.m., $20 per person

-Friday, May 24 – Hot Dog Day, Coakley High Peaks Ace Hardware, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-Saturday, May 25 -Skateboarder Tag Day, various locations, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-Saturday, May 25 -Antiques and Sweets, Rice Furniture, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

-Friday, May 31 – Heidi Little and Friends concert, Saranac Village at Will Rogers, 7:30 p.m.

-“Eat/Shop for the SkatePark Days” – A percentage of the day’s sales will be donated to the SkatePark. Thanks to the following participating businesses:

–Pink, May 17

–Eat ‘n’ Meet Grill, May 17

–Blue Line, May 18

–Little Italy, May 20

–Community Store, May 23

–Blue Moon Cafe, May 24

–Ampersound, May 25 (any CD or guitar strings in stock)

–La Bella Ristorante, May 30.

You have the opportunity to help us make the SkatePark a reality. We are asking for your generous, tax-deductible donations to get this project under way.

Maybe you have a skill or materials that could help build the skating area. In-kind services will be most gratefully appreciated. Please contact Peggy (518-637-4297) or Rich (518-891-1869) if you can help with materials (lumber, rebar, wire mesh, gravel, top soil, vegetation), skills (excavation, site prep, landscaping, concrete flat work) and lodging (for construction crew).

Let’s build this skateboard area. Why? Because skateboarding is simply good, clean fun!

Melinda “Lindy” Ellis lives in Saranac Lake and is a member of the SkatePark Committee.