MORRISTOWN – Forty-six pairs of ice skates were donated to the village of Morristown today by the St. Lawrence County Health Initiative for use at the villages ice rink, which is located behind the fire hall.
The $1,500 donation is part of the Health Initiatives Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play project and is designed to encourage outdoor activity in the village throughout the winter months.
The Health Initiative gives out roughly $60,000 across the county every year to similar projects. It is funded through the state Department of Health.
The skates were purchased from MVP Sports in Potsdam.
Karen M. Bage, director of the Healthy Places project, said, Its not a huge investment but it goes a long way in these small towns.
In Morristown the skates will be used at the new ice rink set up under the pavilion built over the summer.
Morristown Fire Chief Kevin J. Crosby said the ice rink has had an average of 15 to 20 kids skating every day the weather has cooperated.
Mr. Crosby hopes the new skates will open the rink up for the entire community, not just people who have skates already.
Mr. Crosby also said the Health Initiative donation inspired community members to start donating skates they no longer use. So far the village has received six donations from the community, bringing the total number of skates available to rent out up to 52.
Mrs. Bage said the program ensures the skates will be cared for before they give out the grant money.
In Morristown the skates will be available at the village clerks office on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mr. Crosby said skates will be rented out for a week at a time.
If you want them longer you just have to let the village clerk know, Mr. Crosby said.
The village is going to rent out the skates free of charge to anyone, not just village residents.
Its open for anybody, Mr. Crosby said.
That goes for the ice rink to Mr. Crosby said.
The ice rink in Morristown is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and is free for anyone.
Mrs. Bage said she hopes this will increase opportunities for physical activity in the village.