JAMESTOWN – A lot of hard work, sweat and plenty of concrete helped finish the City of Jamestown’s newest and largest playground on Saturday in Chadakoin Park.
Volunteers started work early Saturday morning to construct the 8,000 square-foot play set that includes features based off drawings submitted by area children.
“It’s not just what we do, it is how we do it, and we did it together today,” said Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi. “It took a community coming together to build this vision.”
In total, volunteers mixed eight pallets of concrete, moved more than 100 cubic yards of mulch, built 10 picnic tables, three benches and planted more than a dozen trees for the park.
Funding for the project was awarded to the City of Jamestown with a national “Build it with KaBOOM!” playground grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s Built to Play Initiative.
“Pitch me because it is like I am dreaming,” said Ward Three Jamestown Councilwoman Victoria James. “Sometimes I feel like we (Ward 3) are being overlooked, but when things likes this happen we really get energized, excited and hopeful for our city.”
James is very grateful for the overwhelming amount of support from the community to help bring the playground vision to a reality. She is hopes that now residents in her neighborhood, and all around the area, can come and enjoy the new playground.
Mary Wilson, wife of former owner of the Buffalo Bills, Ralph C. Wilson, was on hand to represent the Wilson Foundation.
Next year the city will be upgrading outdated bathrooms at Chadakoin Park.
“Whether they be remodeled ones, or demolishing those and building new ones, but this park now needs updated bathroom facilities,” said Mayor Teresi.
In the future, Teresi wants to host official meetings of the city council at the Chadakoin Park Pavilion.
“We hope that it (the new park amenities) is going to encourage folks to come out to the meeting,” said Teresi.
The playground won’t officially open until late next week when the concrete is fully dried.