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‘Great Addition’

Collaborative Effort Births Park On City’s North Side

A collaborative effort between various organizations has led to the creation of a safe and clean, new playground on Jamestown’s north side.

Located on Windsor Street, directly and behind Appleyard Terrace complex on Second Street, is a new playground and park for the community’s enjoyment which was officially opened recently.

Citizen’s Opportunity for Development and Enrichment (CODE) in collaboration with Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant and other organizations, created the new safe-space, playground and park facility.

“This was a collaborative effort between CODE, Cummins, the city and other organizations,” said Christopher Jock, CODE Inc. executive director. “We couldn’t have done this without our partners and many kids in our community have a new playground and park to use.”

Jennifer Lundmark, Cummins Jamestown Engine Plant community relations director, said Cummins officials were happy to help with the project. Cummins donated $40,000 which paid for the playground equipment.

Representatives from CODE, Cummins, Jametown Mayor Kim Ecklund, Jamestown Director of Development Crystal Surdyk and other organizations perform a ceremonial ribbon cutting Friday to signify the opening of a new park on Winsor Street and, directly behind the public housing complex on Second Street. P J photo by Chirstopher Blakeslee

“Part of our corporate culture is to be fully vested in where we live and work,” she said. “This was a project that enhances safety and provides a clean and secure location for children to play. We’re proud to have helped make this happen for our community.”

Mayor Kim Ecklund, along with Crystal Surdyk, city development director, spoke about the importance of this playground’s location.

“There’s not a playground around here for some distance,” said Surdyk.

“This is a great addition to our city,” said Ecklund. “My administration is always looking at low-cost, affordable ways to make our city more attractive and safer. I’m very thankful for all the organizations who worked together to make this happen.”

For Max Martin, director of the Hispanic Community Council of Chautauqua County, the opening of the playground will not only benefit many minorities but will be a blessing for the entire community.

“Look, the park is in their backyard,” said Martin as he gestured to the Second Street Public Housing complex. “This is about safety. This park will help keep kids off the street. It’s clean, nice and I can see the community hosting birthday parties, social events…everyone is welcome. However, our work is not done yet. I’d like to see us put up security cameras, and we’re going to make sure this park stays clean.”

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