(2:40 PM) Volunteers Still Needed For Chadakoin Park Playground Build Day

A conceptual drawing of the new Chadakoin Park Playground, which was made possible through a $200,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and KaBoom Inc.

The grassroots effort that started more than three years ago to improve the conditions of a neighborhood park will culminate Saturday with the construction of a new playground at Chadakoin Park.

In order to complete the construction of the new playground Saturday, approximately 300 volunteers are needed at the park located along Washington Street. Vickye James, Ward III councilwoman, said, so far, around 150 volunteers have signed up to participate in the community playground build day, which will start at 8 a.m. and will conclude around 2:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. She said people can come anytime they would like for as long as they would like. She added there will be a free breakfast and lunch for those who volunteer their time toward the construction.

“So we really need some volunteers,” she said.

The preparations for the playground build day started Tuesday with the unloading of the playground equipment at the park. Chadakoin Park neighborhood residents, KaBoom representatives and city and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation officials were on hand to organize the equipment. Today, Thursday and Friday preparations will continue at the park.

The Rev. Chloe Smith said they need around 50 volunteers today and 15 Thursday and Friday to prepare for the community playground build day on Saturday.

“We are hoping the community is as excited as they say they are,” Smith said about the need for volunteers at the park, especially on Saturday. “We are going to build this park in one day.”

Smith said she is thankful for the $200,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation’s Built to Playinitiative and KaBoom Inc. for awarding the grant to Chadakoin Park and organizing the community build day.

“We are so excited and so grateful to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and KaBoom. We would also like to thank the city’s Parks Department and, especially, we want to thank the community,” she said.

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