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Original builders of Joey's Park in Belmont to speak March 19 to new generation of volunteers

Posted by Evan Allen  March 11, 2013 11:32 AM

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The group that spearheaded the effort to build the first Joey’s Park in Belmont will gather on March 19 to share their insights with the new generation of volunteers working to rebuild the beloved playground.

The park, named for local boy Joey O’Donnell who died in 1986 of cystic fibrosis at just 12 years old, originally went up in a community barn-raising after Belmont residents decided they had to do something to honor Joey’s memory. The park has since fallen into disrepair, but volunteers have been fundraising and planning to build it anew.

Emily Stangle, Louise Dohanian and Sue Guertin, who led the original build in 1989, will speak Tuesday, March 19 at the Joey’s Park Community Meeting at 7 p.m. inside the Winn Brook Elementary School cafeteria.

“The 1989 community build is a fantastic blueprint for our current project,” said Friends of Joey’s Park co-chair Diane Miller in a press release, “so we view this as a unique opportunity to learn more about the challenges - and the fun - of bringing together the community as we work to build a new Joey’s Park for a new generation.”

Everyone is invited to the event. Anybody who has pictures of the original build is encouraged to bring them.

You can learn more about Joey’s Park or make a donation here.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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