MORRISTOWN – Thanks to a grant from the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative, the village ice rink built over the summer is about to get a lot more accessible.
Set up under the $36,000 pavilion built by the village behind the Fire Hall in 2012, the ice rink has seen frequent use by members of the community, according to Mayor Cheryl A. Shatraw.
But Mrs. Shatraw said a problem with the ice rink is that while its open to the public, it can only be used by people who already have ice skates.
Because of that, the village successfully applied for a grant with the St. Lawrence County Health Initiatives Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play program to purchase 30 pairs of skates in various sizes to rent out to the community. The village secured a grant for $1,500.
Health Initiative Executive Director Ruth A. Fishbeck said the Health Initiative, through the state grant, is able to give out $60,000 in grants across the county. She noted that $60,000 can go a long way toward purchasing recreational goods for local communities.
So far the project has given out skis, snowshoes, kayaks, playground equipment and other items.
The goal is to increase peoples options for low-cost physical activity, Mrs. Fishbeck said.
And it seems to work.
So far the Health Initiative has given out skates to about nine local arenas in the county.
All of the arenas have had a huge increase in the number of people using them, Mrs. Fishbeck said.
Moreover, because the village of Morristown will be renting the skates, the money will help the village maintain them and the arena. Morristown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Kevin J. Crosby said the skates will be available from the village clerks office.
Mrs. Shatraw said the skates should be available within the next one or two weeks. The skates are being purchased from MVP Sports in Potsdam.