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Lake Placid Toboggan Chute to open Presidents Weekend

February 2, 2017
By ANTONIO OLIVERO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The construction of the new Lake Placid Toboggan Chute is nearly complete, but messy ice conditions on Mirror Lake have town officials targeting a Presidents Weekend open for the slide.

Speaking Tuesday, Jan. 31, town Councilman Derek Doty said minor work remains to be completed, such as finishing the structure's canopy and installing platforms that will transition sleds from the structure to the lake surface.

"Basically, it's ready but the lake isn't ready," Doty said. "I'm certainly hoping we'll be awfully close to finished today. It's at the mercy of Mother Nature to get things ready there."

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The new Lake Placid Toboggan Chute is seen here on Monday, Jan. 30.
(News photo — Andy Flynn)

Doty said the village will also install new LED lights to the structure before it opens. He added that enclosed windows that were a part of the original plans for the new structure won't be finished before the slide opens this year but will be installed after this winter season.

"In actuality, I'd say if we've got it open for Presidents Weekend that'll be great," Doty said. "And, like I said, it's dependent on Mother Nature as well. We are within a couple days of being right."

In the past, the North Elba Park District has deemed the chute fit to open by the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the third Monday in January, though that hinges on ice thickness. Last year, a lack of ice thickness resulted in the chute never opening before the town deemed it structurally unsafe and began looking into building a new one.

In August 2016, the town council unanimously passed a bond resolution to finance the new slide, awarding the construction contract to Jeffords Steel at a cost of $273,996 to the town. The old slide, which was demolished and scrapped, was converted into a toboggan chute from a Lake Placid Club ski jump in 1965.



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