Friends of Lillian Dickson Park Inspire a Community

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On Tuesday, May 22, The Friends of Lillian Dickson Park established a non-endowed pass through fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Back row, left to right: John Williams, City of Jamestown Park Manager; Olivia Reinhardt; Natalie Reinhardt; Janet Forbes, Chautauqua County Health Network Project Coordinator. Front row, left to right: Randy Sweeney, Community Foundation Executive Director; David Reinhardt, Lillian Dickson Park Committee Member; Stephanie Stafford, Neighborhood Watch Chairperson.

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The month of May has been a busy one for the Friends of Lillian Dickson Park. The Park, located on Falconer Street, was a main target during Jamestown’s annual Hands On Jamestown Community Cleanup Day and the Friends recently established the Lillian Dickson Park Non-Endowed Fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. The Fund will serve as a depository for any park-related needs. Tax-deductible donations may be made to the Fund through the Community Foundation, 418 Spring Street, Jamestown NY 14701, or online at www.crcfonline.org.

Made up of community members and City officials, the Friends of Lillian Dickson Park have planned several summer events in the park to utilize the facilities and raise awareness of the group’s efforts. The group has set a goal of raising $30,000 for the Park and hopes to achieve that goal through fundraising and community events. Money raised will benefit initiatives to keep the Park safe and family friendly.

Since the group’s first meeting in February, community members have noticed an increase in police presence in the area as well as children playing. The Jamestown Parks Department has been busy as well, removing an old tree from the grounds as well as unsafe playground equipment. They have also installed grills at the Park to allow families to enjoy picnics in the warm weather. Future plans include painting the pavilion, weeding and planting around the Park’s neighborhood as well as implementing a Neighborhood Watch program.

The next Friends of Lillian Dickson Park meeting is set for Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Park. For more information on the group and their efforts contact Janet Forbes, Project Coordinator for the Creating Healthy Places to Live Work and Play initiative, Chautauqua County Health Network at 338.0010. For more information on donating to the Lillian Dickson Park Fund, contact the Community Foundation, 661.3390.