LAKE PLACID - Three local organizations have been collaborating to make improvements to Jewtraw Park, starting with an informational kiosk recently added to the park and ending with a paved sidewalk.
The kiosk was funded by the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, the Mirror Lake Watershed Association and the Mill Pond Neighborhood Association. The informational kiosk has environmental and historical information about the area.
"I think it did turn out nice," Bill Billerman said at the village board meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2.
An informational kiosk was recently erected in Jewtraw Park in Lake Placid. The kiosk is a project of the Rotary Club of Lake Placid, the Mirror Lake Watershed Association and the Mill Pond Neighborhood Association.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)
"It certainly has been a successful project, just from its appearance," Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said.
Billerman was at the village board meeting to discuss the next step in improving the park, adding a path to lead to the sign. There will also be pavement around the base of the sign.
"So I just wanted to throw that out there to see if you'd consider that," Billerman said. "Because I do think it needs something on the bottom."
Deputy Mayor Art Devlin suggested that a red paver stone path would match the sidewalks on Station Street. Randall said they would probably have the pavement available. Billerman agreed it would look nice.
The board then approved a motion to add the path. Randall said the details would be worked out between Billerman and Public Works Superintendent Brad Hathaway to determine what the footprint of the path would be.
Billerman said the informational kiosk will raise awareness to the public about the environmental impact people have on Mill Pond, Mirror Lake and Lake Placid.
"One of our main focuses is awareness and this helps us do it," Billerman said.
The information inside the kiosk includes environmental do's and don'ts, a map of Mill Pond and the Chubb River, and history of the area. Mirror Lake Watershed member Georgia Jones and Mill Pond Neighborhood Association President Madeleine Killeen were responsible for the content inside the kiosk. The kiosk also has information provided by the Lake Placid-North Elba Historical Society.
The park is named after Charles Jewtraw, a local Olympic speedskater who won the first-ever Winter Olympic gold medal in 1924 at the premier Winter Games in Chamonix, France. The medal is currently on display at the Lake Placid Olympic Museum.