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LCDC members to the left of the panel include Matthew Baglia, Terry Havens-Turner, Valerie Dow, Vice President Edward McCague and President William Evans. To the right of the panel are Lakewood Mayor Randall Holcomb, Trustees Ellen Barnes, R. Richard Fischer and Nancy Jones, and Village Clerk Mary Currie. Absent from the photo are Administrator Ben Troche and DPW Supervisor Tom Pilling as well as some LCDC members. Photo submitted

LAKEWOOD — The inauguration of the playground has begun.

The Lakewood Village Board of Directors learned of the event Monday at Richard O. Hartley Park. Titan Development, Inc., of Gasport, is designated for playground equipment installation and site preparation. According to the Lakewood Community Development Corp., LCDC, community stakeholders, playground design experts and village officials worked together to develop and approve designs for a dynamic play space, inspired by nature and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Mayor Randing Holcomb said it would be a whole new playground.

LCDC said the playground will serve the children of the community for years to come.

According to Vice President Ted McCague, construction will take place in two phases – fall and spring.

“With this project, we will necessarily have to divide it into two phases. The first phase is of course the installation of the playmats and playground equipment and their realization”, McCague said.

Phase two, McCague said, will involve installing the landscaping and amenities that come with this entire area, including the handicap access walkway to pads and restrooms.

“Thus, this phase will occur from the winter, in the spring”, McCague added.

“I would just like to say thank you very much. As a parent, this is a very exciting project for us and it is great. said Julie Toenniss, a resident of the village.

McCague told the board that a lot of time and care went into choosing the right playground devices.

“It includes an impressive variety of different play structures and areas, from swings, slides and tunnels to interactive play units, a zipline and much more. Each element has been specifically chosen to provide children of all ages and abilities with a safe and welcoming place to develop new skills, friendships, confidence and creativity,” according to an LCDC pamphlet.

In December 2021, a $456,200 state grant was announced for the village to be used for Hartley Park. The grant allows the village to upgrade playground equipment while addressing outdated infrastructure, including the installation of rain gardens, shade trees, landscaping with weather control measures, and more. erosion and other improvements. The park is located at the end of Chautauqua Avenue in the village.

The grant was announced by Governor Kathy Hochul as part of $196 million for 488 projects across the state, while the funding was awarded under the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative.

LCDC said the completed playground will set the stage for the future revitalization of Lakewood’s entire lakefront park, which will benefit Chautauqua Avenue stores, restaurants and businesses.

“LCDC is honored to bring this project to Lakewood. This will benefit children in our community, attract young families to our village, and help drive traffic to businesses on Chautauqua Avenue,” said LCDC President William Evens III.



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