The Kiwanis Club of Jamestown has donated a $2,500 piece of playground equipment to the Lillian Dickson Park.
The new piece of equipment, known as a Flywheel Spinner, will be installed in early 2014 when new handicap-accessible preschool equipment will also be installed at the park.
Friends and neighbors of the park have been fundraising for new playground equipment for more than a year and a half. Nearly $13,000 has been raised toward the $30,000 goal.
Pictured, in front, from left, are: Sam Teresi, mayor and Kiwanian; Wendy Wilcox, Jamestown Kiwanis Club immediate past president; and Paula Hofgren, LDP fundraising volunteer. In back are: John Williams, parks director of the city of Jamestown; David Reinhardt, LDP project chairman; and Andy Dickson, Creating Healthy Places built environment consultant.
"When we heard about the LDP playground project, the Jamestown Kiwanis Club entered a national contest to win the Flywheel for the park," said Wendy Wilcox, Kiwanis immediate past president. "To win we had to rally our members and other community supporters to vote for the Lillian Dickson Park project as most deserving and we won. We're delighted that the equipment will go to LDP."
The original impetus for park improvements came from Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play, a project funded by the New York State Department of Health and administered by the Chautauqua County Health Network. CHP has been supporting the LDP neighborhood effort as part of its overall program objectives to promote more active lifestyles and access to healthy food.
The LDP volunteers and CHP have made significant strides last year to stabilize the park and increase its use. A Neighborhood Watch group was formed and evening activities for kids were organized. A Zumba exercise class was staged in the park this fall with the help of the YMCA. Improvements at the park have been made during the last two Hands On Jamestown events organized by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation. National Night Out celebrations have been staged in the park the last two summers. And CHP has contributed more than $11,000 to park improvements including benches, trash cans, bike racks, a climbing wall and fall zone materials.
"We've made great strides in the last year to make the park a great family space and the Flywheel will add to our momentum," said David Reinhardt, LDP chairman and neighbor. "The Kiwanis Club is great partner to LDP and many other worthwhile causes they support in our community."
"The city is grateful for the assistance neighbors and community organizations have put forth to refurbish the Lillian Dickson Park," said Mayor Sam Teresi. "When citizens partner with their city government, great things can be accomplished. And as a Kiwanian, I'm doubly pleased about the Flywheel contribution."
Located on Falconer Street between Sturges and Bowen, the city park is the former site of School No. 10 and is named in honor of the school's first principal, Lillian Dickson, who served from 1893 until 1933.
Tax-deductible contributions to the LDP project can still be made to the Lillian Dickson Park Non-Endowed Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, 418 Spring St., Jamestown NY 14701 or online at www.crcfonline.org.
For more information about the Lillian Dickson Park Project and volunteer opportunities, contact David Reinhardt at 450-2688.