LAKE PLACID - In honor of the 2012 FIBT Bobsled and Skeleton World Championships coming to the area there will be a special display in Mid's Park throughout the competition.
Twenty-three life-size photos of accomplished past bobsled and skeleton athletes will be on display from Friday, Feb. 17 to Saturday, Feb. 25 during the daytime hours at the park for all to see, free of charge.
"We wanted to bring the history of the sliding sports in this community to our Main Street," said Joe Lamb, display organizer. "We're doing it by creating a legends park."
The opening of Legends Park, which happened at 6 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, was scheduled to feature fireworks, speakers and a sliding area, weather permitting, according to Lamb.
"It's kind of a way to promote what's going on at Mount Van Hoevenberg," he said. "When Lake Placid has events of this size, it's important to say to our visitors that today in Lake Placid you can go see the World Championship game."
A commemorative booklet is also being put together to go along with the picture display, and sales from the booklet will go to benefit the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.
The display pictures will also be donated to the Olympic Museum after the event.
"This is a community thing," Lamb said. "It's community driven and community financially supported. We couldn't do it without a lot of kind hearts in Lake Placid."