Belmont celebrates a new Joey’s Park at ribbon cutting ceremony

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When Belmont resident Matt Eagar was in high school in 1989, he helped build Joey’s Park, a playground facing Cross Street that honored the memory of a local 12-year-old boy who died of cystic fibrosis.

When Eagar heard recently that the park was on its last legs, he volunteered to help with a six-day rebuild of the playground. He was one of at least 2000 volunteers who participated in the community-wide rebuild this month, which culminated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. on Monday where hundreds of Belmont’s children broke through a paper chain to swarm onto the castle-like structure and play at the new Joey’s Park for the first time.

After the ceremony, the playground stayed open until 6 p.m. Monday, but the facility will be closed for several more weeks while contractors finish site work.

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