A $1,500 contribution to the Lillian Dickson Park playground project by KeyBank, NA has been deposited at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Over $13,000 has been raised by the Friends of Lillian Dickson Park toward the project, which will be built on Saturday, May 31.
"We're grateful to the Friends of LDP and the Chautauqua County Health Network for their organizing and fundraising efforts to improve the park," said Lyman Buck, senior vice president at KeyBank. "The Lillian Dickson Park is an important open space for the kids of the north side. KeyBank is honored to contribute to LDP and is committed to helping our neighbors build happier, healthier communities."
The city of Jamestown will fund the remaining cost of the $33,000 handicap-accessible preschool equipment.
Pictured, from left, are: Lynne Gruel, KeyBank senior vice president; John Williams, Jamestown Parks director; Lyman Buck, KeyBank senior vice president; Shelly Wells, Creating Healthy Places project coordinator; John Bauer, Parks Commission member and LDP donor; Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor; Greg Rabb, Jamestown City Council president and LDP neighbor; and Andy Dickson, Creating Healthy Places built environment consultant. Absent is Dave Reinhardt, Friends of LDP chairman.
"The KeyBank contribution puts an exclamation mark on the conclusion of our fundraising effort," said David Reinhardt, LDP neighbor and chairman of the campaign. "The generosity of KeyBank will make a meaningful difference in the lives of the kids in this neighborhood."
Planning is now underway for the installation of the new playground equipment on Saturday, May 31. The Parks Department will be doing preliminary site work beginning May 27.
"John Williams and the Parks Department will need neighborhood volunteers to turn out in force at 8 a.m. on Saturday (May) 31," said Mayor Teresi. "This will be a great chance to join in a great neighborhood project and get to know some of your neighbors."
Volunteers should bring gloves, a ratchet and a rake or shovel. Refreshments and lunch will be served for volunteers.
Located on Falconer Street between Sturges and Bowen streets, 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 1893-1933.
Funding for the Chautauqua County Health Network's work to promote more active lifestyles and healthy food is provided by funding from the New York State Health Department's Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work & Play initiative.
This initiative has invested over $11,000 in LDP improvements to date, including a tot climbing wall, benches, bike racks and fall zone materials.
For more information about the Lillian Dickson Park Project and volunteer opportunities, contact David Reinhardt at 450-2688 or visit www.facebook.com/LillianDicksonPark.