Volunteers Needed Saturday At Lillian Dickson Park

If you know your way around piecing together Ikea furniture, your services are needed Saturday at Lillian Dickson Park.

The park, located on Falconer Street between Bowen and Sturges streets, will be the location where volunteers will be building new playground equipment Saturday. On Wednesday, the Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency approved funding more than $13,000 toward the playground project. The Friends of Lillian Dickson Park group organized to improve the playground equipment. The group raised more than $13,000 of its own toward the new playground equipment project.

Sam Teresi, Jamestown mayor, said donations can still be made to the park’s playground equipment through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Greg Rabb, Jamestown City Council president, said donations are also being accepted at the Southside Redemption Center, 1752 Foote Ave.

Rabb said there will be two shifts for volunteers at the park, one starting at 8 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to bring their own socket wrench handle, a rake or shovel and gloves. It will be a rain or shine event and all volunteers will be provided with food and refreshments. Groups or individuals interested in lending a hand should call the Friends of Lillian Dickson Park at 499-6657 to register. There is also a Facebook page – www.facebook.com/lilliandicksonpark -where more information on the project is provided.

The Chautauqua County Health Network has also been working to promote a more active lifestyle at the park through the state’s Health Department Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work & Play initiative. This initiative has invested more than $11,000 in park improvements to date, including a tot climbing wall, benches, bike racks and fall zone materials.

PLAY TIME AT JURA

In other Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency business, the group approved playground equipment projects at McCrea Point and Scenic Vista Park. More than $65,000 will be invested at McCrea Point for American with Disabilities Act handicapped-accessible playground equipment. Teresi said the playground equipment at the park will be designed like a steamship. The mayor said it will be dedicated to the City of Jamestown, which was one of the last steamships on Chautauqua Lake. More than $17,000 will be invested at Scenic Vista Park for playground equipment. Scenic Vista Park is located along Steele Street.

Agency officials approved the installation of new skateboard equipment at Chadakoin Park. More than $26,000 in new equipment is in the process of being installed, said Vince DeJoy, city development director.

Agency officials also approved a land easement to the city for a pedestrian bridge across the Chadakoin River. The bridge could be part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk if the city receives a state transportation grant.