The Lillian Dickson Park group is continuing to look for ways to get the community involved in the park.
The group met recently to continue discussing the layout of the new park, as well as plan an event showcasing the park's upcoming plans.
"(The Chautauqua County Health Network is) one of the groups that is helping pull together the Lillian Dickson Park group. We have been working with the city and Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, and the police department, and several other folks, and agencies and the neighbors to work on upgrading the park and getting good things happening here at the park," said Janet Forbes, Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work, and Play project coordinator.
The group went over ideas to raise money to build a proposed new playground, which is estimated by designer Parkitects to cost more than $24,000. Additionally, several students and park neighbors who were in attendance suggested adding a basketball court to the park because there are no usable courts in the immediate area.
Community members who want to donate to the Lillian Dickson Park fund may do so through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
There is also an account set up at the Southside Redemption Center in Jamestown for those wishing to donate their cans and bottles. The group also suggested placing a receptacle for cans and bottles inside the park, so residents who are unable to get to the redemption center can donate.
Also at the meeting, the group decided to postpone its block party in the park. Originally, it was planned for July 21, however the group felt that there was not enough time for plans to come together.
Greg Rabb, group member and City Council president, suggested the date be moved to Aug. 7, which corresponds with National Night Out - a national crime and drug prevention program sponsored by Neighborhood Watch groups that encourages people to get involved in their community.
The Lillian Dickson Park group is looking for members of the community to help plan the Aug. 7 event, which it anticipates will include food and activities, aside from networking.
To become involved, call Ms. Forbes at 338-0010 or attend the group's next meeting Tuesday, July 24, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held in Lillian Dickson Park, on the corners of Falconer and Bowen streets.