SARANAC LAKE – A new date has been picked for a public forum on a plan to provide YMCA services in the community.
The Plattsburgh YMCA, the Village of Saranac Lake, the Saranac Lake Central School District and North Country Community College are jointly exploring the possibility of establishing a YMCA in Saranac Lake. A key part of this process, which is in the early stages, involves collecting feedback from the community on the need for YMCA services here.
To gather that input, the public forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 12 in room S-19, Mullholland Hall, at North Country Community College. The previous forum date was cancelled due to a winter storm.
The goal of the forum is to identify potential gaps in youth and adult services in the community and how they could be met by the YMCA. Saranac Lake Mayor Clyde Rabideau will serve as moderator. Justin Ihne, CEO of the YMCA of Plattsburgh, will be on hand to provide an overview of why his organization is interested in serving the community and answer questions about YMCA programs and services.
In addition to the forum, the deadline to complete a Plattsburgh YMCA-Saranac Lake Community Needs Assessment has also been extended to April 19. The brief online survey asks respondents to identify the most pressing community needs for young people and adults in Saranac Lake.
The survey is posted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/saranac-lake-community-needs. A link to the survey is also available on the village’s website, www.saranaclakeny.gov. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. Responses will be kept confidential.
In an effort to encourage more parents to attend the April 12 public forum, North Country Community College’s Athletic Department will provide an evening of free, fun supervised activities for children ages 5-12 at the Sparks Athletic Complex gymnasium. Parents who wish to take advantage of this service need to register in advance by contacting Chris Knight, NCCC Communications Director, at email@example.com or 518-891-2915 ext. 1267.