About the Saranac Lake Civic Center (SLCC)
The Saranac Lake Civic Center is a year-round, not-for-profit recreation and events facility, serving the residents and visitors of Saranac Lake and the surrounding Adirondack community. The center is located less than a mile from downtown Saranac and 15 minutes from Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.
The SLCC includes 15,000 square foot of floor space with a large parking lot. It has a 2,000 person capacity with bleachers accommodating up to 500 people. In the winter months (October to March), there is an NHL-size ice rink that hosts a wide range of ice sports and events for the local community and surrounding areas. In the summer months (April to September), the facility is available for a variety of events that can utilize the parking lot, bathrooms, snack bar, sound system, lighting, and other amenities.
History of the SLCC
Construction of the Civic Center began in the 1970s by Saranac Lake residents involved in the Pee Wee Hockey Association, with the goal of covering an existing natural ice rink. Eventually a macadam floor was installed to help combat weather challenges.
In 1984, the Saranac Lake Ice Center, Inc. leased the space from the Saranac Lake Pee Wee Hockey Association and installed plastic matting, refrigeration and artificial ice. Five years later, in 1989, the Saranac Lake Civic Center, Inc. (a not-for-profit 501C3) was created to take over the lease of the arena, absorb the remainder of the debt that encumbered the Saranac Lake Ice Center, Inc. and to operate the facility. With the help of municipalities whose residents used the facility and contributions from generous supporters, the ice rink set down a path to being more sustainable while also remaining affordable to those using the space.
The result of these changes were very rewarding. In the 1999-2000 season, over 34,000 user hours were logged on the ice. From tiny figure skaters and hockey players, through high school athletes and adults, the Civic Center was being used many hours every week during the winter months. In the summer months, the venue hosts a wide range of events that make meaningful contributions to the local activity and economy.