LAKE PLACID — More details about how to travel around Lake Placid during the 2023 FISU Winter World University Games were announced recently.
The FISU Games officially begin in Lake Placid next Thursday, Jan. 12, though competition actually starts one day prior in Canton and Potsdam. Lake Placid’s Main Street, between Mirror Lake Drive to Saranac Avenue, will be closed with limited access, during the Games starting at 10 a.m. on Jan. 12 and ending at 9 a.m. on Jan. 23.
Local law enforcement, representatives from both the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism and the state Olympic Regional Development Authority and members of Lake Placid 2023, the local FISU Games committee, presented a final transportation plan for the Games and a map of the Main Street closures during an informational session at the North Elba Town Hall on Thursday.
The closure map and a list of frequently asked questions about the Games are available at tinyurl.com/4ub8jna3. People who have questions during the Games can call the community helpline at 518-621-3682, which is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day.
People who live and work on Main Street had the opportunity to apply for a parking pass — called a Lake Placid Parking Pass, or an LPPP — that grants access to certain road closures and parking areas on and around Main Street during the Games.
The Lake Placid Parking Pass is different from the normal year-round parking pass issued by the Lake Placid Police Department. The LPPP is a temporary pass for the Games that allows people to travel within certain Main Street closures, detailed below, and to park in the upper NBT lot.
The NBT parking lot will have between 100 to 120 parking spots available for pass holders, according to Lake Placid Police Chief Chuck Dobson. People without an LPPP won’t be able to park in the upper NBT lot during the Games. The Golden Arrow was expected to have around 100 spots available for people with an LPPP, but that lot will now only be open to Golden Arrow staff and residents, according to Dobson.
Dobson said LPPPs were being sent out to pass holders via the U.S. Postal Service on Friday.
More than 460 people applied for an LPPP, according to Jon Lundin, the Lake Placid 2023 head of communications and media. He said 44 applications weren’t approved, either because the application was incomplete or because the applicant didn’t live on Main Street or another restricted area. Those applicants were notified that they weren’t approved for a pass, according to Dobson. If someone applied for a parking pass and didn’t receive notification that their …….