JAMESTOWN – The Friends of Lillian Dickson Park group received some good news recently. The Chautauqua County Health Network’s Creating Healthy Places to Live initiative has secured more than $12,600 in funding for the renovation project. Jamestown Mayor Sam Teresi says the funding comes from a state grant through the New York Department of Health.
The Friends of Lillian Dickson Park are hoping to raise a total of $30,000 to pay for new playground equipment at the park that is up to state safety standards. Anyone wishing to contribute to that project can do so through a non-endowment fund at the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
In addition to Dickson Park funding, Mayor Teresi said the city’s Parks Recreation and Conservation Department also received a boost in funding from the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. He said a grant of $6,500 has been given to the city to help fund the city’s summer playground lunch program. The program has been put in place after it was learned the Joint Neighborhood Project would no longer be able to provide a similar program because it would be closing down at the end of this month.
Teresi said the city is looking for part-time workers to help administer the playground lunch program during a six-week period this summer. It would be for five days a week, four hours a day between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The mayor said it would be ideal for college-age residents who are pursuing a career in education or childhood development. Anyone interested in applying for the position should contact the city’s Parks Department.