Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation and KaBOOM! Put Kids First by Increasing Opportunities to Play in Jamestown, NY: 200 Community Volunteers Unite to Build a New Playground at Chadakoin Park

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The final drawing of the new playground for the Chadakoin park.
Mayor Sam Teresi joins the Chadakoin Park Playground Project Committee to unveil the final drawings of the new playground for the park.

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Jamestown Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department

Volunteers from the City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation, and Conservation Department and the community will join KaBOOM! on Saturday, August 25 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, NY.

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, kids from the surrounding community came together to draw their dream playground. The playground is based off their drawings and will provide more than 600 kids 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 Play initiative intended to give kids 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 Play initiative will create more than 20 new playspaces for kids that reach thousands of kids in Western New York and Southeast Michigan.]

The final drawing of the new playground for the Chadakoin park.

When

Saturday, August 25

  • 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. — Kick-off ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. — Best viewing of playground construction
  • 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Final construction phase
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — Ribbon-cutting ceremony

(Times approximate)

Where

Chadakoin Park
10th & Washington Streets, Jamestown, NY 14701