Saturday, May 18, 2013
Burgers and dogs, music and fun at the picnic from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cap off Belmont Town Day today, May 18 with a picnic and party at Joey’s Park. The event from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. will feature food, music, photos and a chance to view an over-sized rendering of the new Joey’s Park playground. “Everyone loves a party and everyone loves Joey’s Park,” says Ellen Schreiber, Friends of Joey’s Park co-chair and sponsor of the party. “This is a chance to celebrate 24 years of a magical community playground as we get ready to build the new Joey’s Park next October,” she said. The Friends of Joey’s Park is a volunteer group of more than 80 Belmont families working to build a new park that maintains the magic and honors the history of the original playground built in 1989 in memory of Joey O’Donnell. The party's …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Searching for clues as celebration on May 18 takes shape.
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Tuesday, May 7
Where is it? A search is on to find the location of a time capsule buried in 1989 somewhere beneath Joey’s Park playground as organizers plan a May 18 celebration of the park’s 24 years. “The theme of our May 18 party is ‘Joey’s Park Then and Now’ and its intended as a celebration of the 24 years of wonderful memories that our community has of this magical park,” explains Diane Miller, Friends of Joey’s Park co-chair. “It would be amazing if we could pinpoint the location of the 1989 time capsule,” she said. Organizers of the original 1989 build confirm a time capsule was buried beneath the playground. Nearly a quarter century later, however, they don’t remember its precise location. “I really don’t remember much about it other than we …
Too soon to cry foul.
Upon hearing last week that Belmont's annual Town Meeting approved $100,000 of Community Preservation Act funds to be directed toward the Winn Brook’s playground – also known as “Joey’s Park” – some within the Butler Elementary School community were left feeling bewildered. But let me back up a bit. In November 2011, safety concerns led to inspections of both the Butler and Winn Brook playgrounds. The inspectors determined that both playgrounds were no longer “up to code.” However, while Joey’s Park was worked on by the Belmont Department of Public Works and reopened, Butler’s playground was immediately taped off and, soon thereafter, completely demolished. Butler’s Parent Teacher Association had been in the process of earnestly trying to…
Monday, April 29, 2013
The start of the year a new playground will be constructed.
Hundreds turned out on Saturday, April 27 for a town-wide photo at Joey's Park, adjacent to the Winn Brook Elementary School. The photo will be used to promote the construction of a new playground on the current location. The celebration of the 24-year-old playground continues on Town Day, Saturday, May 18, with a "Joey's Park: Then and Now" party at the playground from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn more about the plans for the community to build a new playground this October at www.joeyspark.org
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Be there at 10:30 a.m. at the Winn Brook Elementary.
Smile and be part of local history. Today, Saturday, April 27, the public is invited to take part in a community-wide photo at Joey’s Park playground. “If you have brought your kids to this park, if you helped build this park, if you have loved this park,” says Ellen Schreiber co-chair of the Friends of Joey’s Park, “then come out and be part of this historic photo.” Residents who would like to be part of the photo should come to Joey’s Park, located behind the Winn Brook Elementary School on Cross Street, at 10:30 am. “The photo shoot coincides with the opening day of Second Soccer,” explains Diane Miller, co-chair of the Friends of Joey’s Park. “Joey’s Park is a town treasure that has been enjoyed by families throughout Belmont, …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Will be rescheduled later in the Spring.
The Joey’s Park Community Meeting that was to take place tonight, Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Winn Brook Elementary School cafeteria, has been cancelled due to the snow and ice storm that gripped Belmont today. "We've cancelled the community meeting tonight because of the snow, but hope to reschedule this Spring," said Stephanie Leydon. Learn more about plans for the new playground at www.joeyspark.org
Monday, January 7, 2013
BHS Class of ’92 raised $1,000 at 20th reunion.
Contributions came in from across the country from Belmont High School’s Class of ’92 to help build a new playground that will replace one built 24 years ago in honor of classmate Joey O’Donnell. “It was a spontaneous idea several of us came up with,” says Class of ’92 president Andrew Plunkett, a close friend of Joey O’Donnell. “We knew the Friends of Joey’s Park were raising money for a replacement playground and we figured this would be a great way to help and to honor Joey.” The Class of ‘92’s 20th reunion last November came 26 years after 12-year-old Joey O’Donnell lost a life long battle with cystic fibrosis. Reunion attendees included a group of Joey’s friends who came up with idea of building the park. Located on Cross Street, …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Friends regrouping for next phase of renovation of project.
Join the Friends of Joey’s Park on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Winn Brook Elementary School's cafeteria, for a kick-off meeting to begin the next phase of the Joey’s Park project. Participants will review the progress the Friends have a made so far – in the design, community input, publicity and fundraising – and then talk about planning for the future. In September, the group raised more than $50,000 with a charity walk to build the play space that will range from $250,000 to $350,000 and open in October 2013. The group is restructuring the Joey’s Park committee to reflect the needs of the next phase which will include construction planning; sourcing materials and tools; organizing volunteers, food, and childcare; and…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Brodigan family earns iPad for Belmont Savings for raising more than $3K for Walk for Belmont.
A local family who raised the most money for the Walk for Belmont to Benefit Joey's Park is enjoying a new iPad courtesy of Belmont Savings Bank. Linda and Tim Brodigan, along with their three children, raised $3,355 for the Walk, which will help build a new Joey's Park. Five-year-old Ryan and three-year-old Joey Brodigan sent family and friends crayon-colored cards requesting donations to help finance a new park, which they and their baby sister, Grace, will all enjoy. "We got donations of $5 and $10 and pretty soon we had a stack of cash," says Tim Brodigan. "The kids earned the iPad, we're going to load it up with kids apps," he said. Tim Brodigan has a special connection to Joey's Park. As a child, his best friend was Joey O'Donnell…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
To be held at the Winn Brook gym in the afternoon.
The Friends of Joey’s Park is hosting the first of two community input meetings today to review and discuss the design for the new playground located adjacent to the Winn Brook Elementary School. The first meeting is to day from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Winn Brook Elementary School's gym and will include a brief presentation of the design plan at 2:30 p.m. and again at 3:15 pm. The second meeting will be held Thursday, Nov. 15 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Winn Brook's cafeteria and will include a brief presentation at 7 p.m. The design for the new Joey’s Park incorporates ideas offered by Winn Brook Elementary School students. The students met with architects from the firm Play By Design in September during a special Design Day. …