Children play on the rock next to the current bandshell in Mids Park in Lake Placid. A group of parents and residents have formed a “Save The Rock” Committee, which is seeking to keep a rock at the site after a new bandshell is created.
A group of Lake Placid residents and parents have come together to try and help save a Lake Placid landmark.
The group is seeking to save the rock that is located next to the bandshell in Mids Park, which engineers overseeing a project to create a new staging area say will have to be removed in order to do the work.
“This upcoming year the Bandshell in Mids Park is going to get a much needed renovation,” Jeff Erenstone said. “In doing so, the ground needs to be raised to make more dancing space, improve the wheelchair access, and have better control of water runoff. The only sacrifice in this plan is ‘The Rock,’ that kids play on in front of the current bandshell. Our children play on this rock, and we think it is very important characteristic of this park and needs to be saved.”
Erenstone and others presented their request to members of the Lake Placid Village Board Aug. 26. He said the village Board gave “conceptual approval” to the plans to replace “The Rock” with a new rock and place it in Mids Park.
Erenstone said that goes along with the mission of the group, which is to “save the rockiness of Mids Park by assisting in the replacement of the current rock with a replacement rock while promoting/fundraising for the Lake Placid Bandshell Renovation project.”
“Even if people don’t care about the rock, we believe that the bandshell project is a worthy cause and worthy of donations,” Erenstone said. “Mountain Orthotic and Prosthetic Services has promised to match funds up to $1,000 for donation to the Bandshell Park Fund at generousact.org/donate with special instruction to Save the Rock.”
Erenstone said that the committee has created a Facebook page (facebook.com/lprocksave), which promotes both the need for the rock and the need for a new bandshell.
The page also includes several fun facts.
•Studies have shown that children who climb on rocks while listening to music have a 70 percent greater chance of success in life.
•The lead singer for Def Leppard sat on this rock when he composed “Rock of Ages.”
•Almost all rainbows end here. The mineralogical testing is not complete yet, but there is a strong suspicion that the center of the rock is solid gold.
“None of the fun facts on the Facebook page can be verified and may not be fact at all,” Erenstone said. “But I think they are fun.”