Foundation, KaBOOM To Transform Lot To Playground

City officials gather at Chadakoin Park Tuesday to announce the need for community volunteers to help building the new playground at the park starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Submitted photo

Volunteers from the city of Jamestown Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department and the community will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 8:30 a.m. to transform an empty site into a kid-designed, state-of-the-art playground in just six hours at Chadakoin Park.

The new playground will help make play the easy choice for kids and families in Jamestown. In 1997, a community group raised the funds and brought together volunteers to build the current playground at Chadakoin Park. With that playground structure reaching the end of its life, the community group came together again over the last few years to start raising funds to replace that structure. This is a park heavily used by the neighborhood for family events, a gospel festival, Juneteenth Festivals and other gatherings. The new playground will help continue to offer the children in the area a safe, fun place to play. Also, a bike path located on the west border of Chadakoin Park that’s part of the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk that opened this summer provides a link to the new playground for even more residents and visitors.

In June, children from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 600 children in Jamestown with a great, safe place to play.

This is the second playground to be built as part of a broader effort led by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation’s Built to Playinitiative intended to give children in Western New York and Southeast Michigan more opportunities for free play. Through the creation of unique playgrounds and the Play Everywhere Challenge this year, the Built to Playinitiative will create more than 20 new playspaces for children that reach thousands of children in Western New York and Southeast Michigan.