Lions Club will update Red Jacket
PENN YAN--The centennial celebration of service for Lions Club International will have a long-lasting legacy in Penn Yan. In honor of this 100-year milestone, Penn Yan Lions will completely renovate the playground at Red Jacket Park on Lake Street in Penn Yan.
Penn Yan Lion, Norm Koek, spearheaded the $70,000 project. Norm said that the group encountered many obstacles during the huge fund raising project but, "When we put our minds to something, it usually gets done."
Over the past year, the local Lions raised more than $30,000 hoping for matching funds from the village. When that effort failed, they did not give up. They reached out for help from other organizations. The Elks club and the village recreation department responded.
The Elks club raised more than $15,000 and will help on installation day.
Village Recreation Director, Dan Doyle, helped the Lions obtain grant money based on the playground's "universal design." This is a design plan that not only makes the playground handicap accessible, but also aims to meet the needs of the greatest number of children with all kinds of special needs and abilities.
The park was designed by Parkitects, a Lansing, New York based company. It includes swings, see saw, slides, a climbing gym, as well as a "cozy dome," a place for children to be alone or socialize more quietly.
Prior to installation, the village will the level and grade the installation site and move it closer to the pavilion. The existing playground equipment will be removed.
On installation day, Parkitects project manager Ben Frasier will be on the scene to assist. He is a certified playground safety inspector.
Koek urged the community to mark their calendars and be on hand for the installation days Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13. He said, "We need all the help we can get. The more the merrier. Lunch will be provided for everyone. Come and stay all day."