The Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake, The Parks and Trails Advisory Board and Village leadership understands that parks provide important assets for residents, local businesses, and regional tourism. The urban and natural parkland resources located in the Village of Saranac Lake protect environmentally sensitive ecosystems and provide civic spaces that celebrate the character of this unique community located in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. We propose to renovate our outdated Town Park so kids and adults can safely recreate outdoors. Saranac Lake is a rural community, population 5-6 thousand. Funding is tight. Legacy of Play would enable us to improve this important community safe haven for kids.
The park is generally used as a children’s playground, open play areas and includes springing animals, seesaw, slide, whirl feature, and 2 steel climbing bar sets. Other features include a basketball court, tennis court, picnic tables, trash cans, and a bike rack.
POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL AMENITIES:
• A modern jungle gym with multiple slides and climbing features.
• Gates at the two pedestrian access points for improved safety.
• A pavilion with picnic table, tables located near the basketball court game area.
• Benches, waste/recycling bins, pet waste station, electrical outlets and water fountain.
• A fenced dog play area could be placed behind the tennis courts.
• Stripe the tennis court for use as a pickleball court.
• Provide additional lower basketball hoops for younger children.
• Play elements like sand boxes, slides, seesaws, and other features for toddlers.
• Unified Park Signage that will add cohesion to the park. Park sign and sign with list of features/activities.
CURRENT MAINTENANCE TOPICS:
• The existing teeter totter should be repaired or replaced.
• The current court play surfaces are in poor condition and should be resurfaced.
• Trees drop debris that affects court games. Trim landscaping and trees to open and dry the park. Improve lawn mowing.
• The evergreen trees are not in good condition and should be removed.
• The stone retaining wall along Ampersand Avenue and Broadway should be maintained to promote the longevity of this feature.
• Clean litter and debris around the edges of the park