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Joey's Park organization accepting art submissions for new playground

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  May 29, 2013 03:35 PM

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The organization helping to rebuild Joey’s Park in Belmont is searching for an artist to design pieces for the newly-renovated playground, according to Friends of Joey's Park officials.

Organizers are looking for art pieces that can withstand New England weather; pose no safety threat to children; and that are easy to maintain, according to a statement from the group.

“We’re building a one-of-a-kind playground that inspires creative play and promotes fun,” said Diane Miller, Friends of Joey’s Park co-chair. “We want the art work to reflect that spirit and we are open to many possibilities.”

The art featured on site will double as the “Joey’s Park” sign. It must incorporate a donor list and brief park history, and be a free-standing structure up to 5 feet tall and 10 feet wide.

The new playground, located on Cross Street in Belmont, will maintain both the castle-like feel of the current play structure and the park’s natural elements, the group's officials said.

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 in an old-fashioned community barn-raising.

The new playground has been slated to be built and open in October.

To find out more about the request for art submissions, or to submit a proposal for the playground, visit www.joeyspark.org.
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Jaclyn Reiss can be reached at jaclyn.reiss@globe.com

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