by John Slyer
We have had an amazing first year and we are looking forward to 2022 and beyond. The purchase of 27 Lake Avenue in February 2021 has made the SKY HIGH Community Center a reality that has been long needed and wanted.
The building and property have been given a new life for everyone to be part of thanks to the help of volunteers, sponsors, our board of directors, the Town of Sand Lake, other local not-for-profits and the community.
This is what we have NOW:
by Paul Kolakowski
You have seen the signs on Lake Avenue in Averill Park and have probably wondered what the Sky High Adventure Community Center is. The Community Center is a concept developed by one of our local active community members, John Slyer. John's vision is to renovate the old school on Lake Avenue into a vibrant center for ALL local residents to use and enjoy. The community center would include meeting spaces for local organizations, preschool and afterschool programs, a gym and group exercise, fitness and wellness programs, senior center, and eventually even an indoor pool.
Local input and participation is critical in bringing this vision into reality.
We need skilled trades to help with the renovation, grant writers, volunteers and people interested in participating in activities at the facility.
by Erin Berical
The Sky High Community Center hosted their first ever Fall Fun Day on Saturday, October 2nd to have a blast while raising money for repairs and improvements to the building. Hundreds of Averill Park families came out to celebrate and support this fantastic new resource right here in our community. Participants received free bike inspections, rode through a bike course, climbed the rock wall, got their faces painted, ate hamburgers, visited the virtual reality tent hosted by VR Real and took a tour of the building and participated in fitness and wellness programs.
Over $8,000 was raised through the generous donations of sponsors and individuals like you. It was an incredible day and the start of many more celebrations to come. Special thanks to everyone who donated time and resources to make this day such a great success! Keep your eyes out for more special events like this in the future!
by Jim Snack
At the Fall Fun Fair on October2nd, the SkyHigh Adventure Community Center dedicated its library and reading room to Mary Lynn Baldwin, a former history and European cultural studies teacher at Averill Park High School. A tribute plaque honoring Mary Lynn, who recently passed away, was presented to her husband and son during a ceremony at the fair.
Mary Lynn Baldwin was a devoted teacher at Averill Park High school for 35 years. She developed many programs there, including a Russian Studies curriculum, which brought in Russian college exchange students from the University at Albany to interact with the high school students, and an interactive “Never Forget”
Holocaust curriculum, which she was later recognized for by the Golub Foundation in 1989. She was also recognized by the Rothenberg family and a ceremonial tree was planted in her name in Israel.
Mary Lynn Baldwin was active in many area clubs and organizations. She was a Rensselaer County literacy volunteer for 10 years and a longtime member/advocate of Junior Achievement within Averill Park High School. Mary Lynn was an avid reader and many of the books in the library came from her personal library.
A team of volunteers have been renovating the former St. Henry’s school located at 27 Lake Avenue in Averill Park to be used as a community center. Most recently, they repaired and painted plaster walls and installed laminate flooring in the room housing the library.
John Slyer, Director of the Community Center, said, “Thanks to the efforts of many volunteers and donors, the SkyHigh Community Center will soon be open year-round. We are honored to dedicate the library to Mary Lynn Baldwin, a teacher who made a positive impact on many young people in our community.”