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Joey's Park demolished this week to make way for new playground

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  August 7, 2013 10:30 AM

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A powerful excavator rips down the old Joey's Park, built 24 years ago in memory of a local boy who died of cystic fibrosis.

The dilapidated playground at Joey's Park in Belmont was diminished to twigs and dust this week as a local organization demolished the existing site to make way for a new playground this fall.

The towers, tunnels and slides that have been the site of many a childhood memory for 24 years was ripped down by a powerful excavator on Monday, according to leaders of Friends of Joey’s Park, the organization at the helm of the playground rebuild.

“It’s quite emotional," said Diane Miller, co-chair of the organization. "Like so many other people, I have wonderful memories of my children playing on this structure. It’s difficult to say good-bye, but we are excited to preserve the park’s name and an amazing community legacy with a new Joey’s Park.”

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

Professional playground builders from Play By Design will oversee teams of volunteers during the six-day build, which will take place Oct. 9 through Oct. 14.

But first, there will be a pre-build phase: from Sept. 27 through Sept. 29, when community volunteers will place the posts for the new play structure and build several site features such as benches, tables, a deck and pergola.

“There’s a good deal of work that needs to be completed before we can actually begin to build,” Miller said.

Over 1,000 Belmont residents -- typically about 75 to 150 at a time -- are slated to help build the new playground, officials said.

“We are going to have a beautiful playground,” said Ellen Schreiber, Miller's co-chair. “Like the current one it will be one-of-a-kind and built by the community. We are confident that any inconvenience now will be far outweighed by the finished product.”

To find out more about the project, visit www.joeyspark.org.

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Photo courtesy of Friends of Joey's Park

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