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Paw Print: a worthwhile effort

October 14, 2010
Lake Placid News
Construction on Paw Print Park at the Lake Placid Elementary School is moving right along, but they’re still in need of community support.

Much of the money that has been raised followed a letter from the Paw Print Park committee that was sent out to the community in June.

The goal was to reach $100,000, which they did with unbelievable support from the community. In addition, the Uihlein Foundation offered a grant: for every two dollars raised they gave a dollar up to $20,000.

We hear that construction is going well. Wynde Kate Reese, a local landscaper, Andrew Chary, architect, and contractor Pat Ledger have all volunteered their time and expertise to the project. They are a great example of the gracious community supporters, along with elementary school Principal Rick Retrosi, teachers, teaching assistants and parents who have made this wonderful project possible.

Already the construction crew has built three “bear climbs, three otter totters, a salmon slide, and a moose maze," according to Paw Print Park co-chair Katrina Kroes.

Perhaps what’s best of all is that LPES students helped create the park by drawing and describing their ideas — ideas that ended up in the final plans.

What child wouldn’t want to play on something they helped create?

Kroes said work on playground walkways will begin in the near future and that the park is expected to be open for the kids before winter.

Because Paw Print Park was designed to be built in phases, as money becomes available, project organizers would still appreciate any donations possible for a number of playground-related projects, such as building a wheelchair accessible tree house.

“Project Playground” has seen incredible support from the community, but for it to all be worth it, that support needs to continue until the park is complete.

Tax deductible donations less than $250 can be made out to FRIENDS, with LPES Playground in the memo line, and sent to the Lake Placid Elementary School, 318 Old Military Road. Donations more than $250 should be made out to the Lake Placid Central School District with LPES Playground in the memo line, and also sent to the elementary school.

Paw Print Park updates can be found on its Facebook page, just type “Paw Print Park” into the site’s search bar.



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