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A view on skate park history

July 1, 2010
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

    Some of the statements in last week’s newspaper concerning the skateboard park seem to result from a lack of recollection as to where the park came from in the first place. I do not have a connection with any of the parties. But I do remember the Lake Placid News reported in about 2007 that town Supervisor Shirley Seney had obtained a member grant from Assemblywomen Teresa Sayward of $100,000 for the town to build the skate board park. And as last week’s story notes, it was after this that the Shipman Youth Center was asked to and agreed to the Town’s request to manage the park with the Town paying annual expenses of $7,000.

    So, this is not a normal situation where a not-for-profit asks for a grant. It was the town’s request to facilitate the use of the $100,000 in public funds previously expended (at the town’s request) and so, by my way of thinking, it is the town which need to initiate its continuing request to manage its skateboard park. They started to do so this year by appropriating the funds but the Town never followed up with the authorization of the necessary monies to manage this park. The youth center, which by all appearances is doing a great job for community children, is just down the block from the town offices and a telephone call would have been a way to proceed.

    Considering that there was miscommunication all the way around and that (as the newspaper last week clearly demonstrated) there is real and substantial interest in using the skateboard park, isn’t it the best decision for the town to utilize this large capital expenditure of public funds (in building the park) by promptly funding the $7,000 for skate park use this year, and by closer cooperation in the future?

Cordially yours,

Richard Kelly

Lake Placid



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