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Hundreds show support for Belmont's Joey's Park in townwide photo

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  April 29, 2013 12:35 PM

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Friends of Joey's Park

Hundreds of local residents showed their support for Joey's Park, a 24-year-old Belmont facility that is being renovated, in this town-wide photo taken this past weekend.

Hundreds of local residents turned out to Joey's Park in Belmont for a town-wide community photo this weekend, showcasing the support that went into renovating the 24-year-old playground.

The park, built in 1989 in the memory of a local boy who died at 12 years old from cystic fibrosis, closed briefly in 2011 after a safety review raised concerns, and reopened on a temporary basis only after some play equipment was removed.

Now, community members are using funds that they have been raising to renovate the playground. The brand new facility was designed by students at the elementary school Joey attended, and is being constructed by Belmont residents in an old-fashioned community barn-raising.

The new playground has been slated to open in October.

Organizers will also hold an event on May 18 at the playground from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. titled "Joey's Park: Then and Now," celebrating the life of the park over the years.

For more information on the park's plans, visit joeyspark.org.

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