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Students, community get together to help park construction

October 18, 2012


LAKE PLACID - Paw Print Park at Lake Placid Elementary School officially reopened on Wednesday, thanks to the hard work of volunteers over the weekend.

Crews of about 30 people were at the park Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6 to help rebuild the natural playground after it was closed due to injuries suffered by two students. The Lake Placid Central School District and FRIENDS, a parent organization at the elementary school, worked with Steven Lauzun of Parkitects, a playground design company based in upstate New York, to put together plans for the park that met state Education Department requirements.

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Photo/Alicia Brandes
Members of the community came out Oct. 5 and 6 to help with the construction of Paw Print Park at the Lake Placid Elementary School. Above, pictured are some of the more than 40 students from Northwood School who volunteered on Friday, Oct. 5.

LPES Principal Javier Perez said that since school started in early September, kids have been asking when the playground will be reopened.

"We had an early October goal," he said. "We're right on target."

Perez said students will be able to use the new playground, which is now covered in soft, mulch-like wood chips instead of sand, during recess on Wednesday.

The weather was OK on Friday, but it was rainy and cold all day Saturday. But that didn't keep volunteers, including several elementary school students, from lending a hand.

"I wanted to help out," said fifth-grader Mikey Skutt, 10. "I'm just spreading mulch. I'm having a good time."

Skutt worked alongside Carrie Niebanck, whose son goes to school at LPES.

"It's been a long time coming," she said. "The kids deserve it."

Crews poured concrete footings on Friday and had help from about 30 hockey players at Northwood School. Perez noted that the village of Lake Placid, the town of North Elba and the municipal electric department provided manpower and equipment as well.

The playground has been closed since last November.

Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or cmorris@



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