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Final job finished for Lockwood Park for 2018

Lots of great improvements were made to Lockwood this year, including the new stage and the basketball court.  The court took three kicks to get it right!  After the court was finished to our specs, a keen basketball player suggested adding another 7′ to its length creating a full half court.  We agreed and he volunteered to do the concrete pad.  Amazing.  This past week the final work was completed when the fence was built.  Thank you Josh Doornekamp, Frank Huth, Joel Kimmel and the rest of the 2014-2018 Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and Public Works Supervisor Peter Evans.

Remember, no tax dollars have been used for the improvements to the park.  Lockwood Foundation gave a generous grant 4 years ago that required matching dollars to be fund raised by the Village.  And the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee and others did it!   Fantastic Team!  Thank you.

basketball court fence.jpg

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Dancing Moon Gallery and Tea Room – THANK YOU!!!!

When Dancing Moon Gallery and Tea Room told me this summer that they wanted to donate a 13-ton piece of marble to the Village for Lockwood Park, I was thrilled.  CAO Paul Snider and I checked it out where it was being stored and we were even more impressed once we saw the beauty that only nature can create.

The past several months have been spent trying to arrange for this amazing 13-ton gift to be transported to the park.  Without the strong support of Paul Rodgers and Tackaberry & Sons Construction, that wouldn’t have happened.  But it did – on Wednesday this week.

Thank you again, Tara and John.  We are hoping to arrange for a sculptor to work in-situ this summer.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

the rock

Only two day left to vote!

The Village has submitted an idea to AVIVA in an effort to obtain funding for two pieces of playground equipment for Lockwood Memorial Park. The top 50 vote getters in the Small Ideas category will each receive $10,000.
Would you support our cause by going to AVIVA Community Fund, registering and voting for our idea 18-327? You can cast your 10 votes all at once before Oct 4th.

 

Voting is now open for AVIVA grant!

Voting is easier than ever – cast all 10 votes at any time during the Voting Round from September 25, 2018 to October 4, 2018.

The 50 Small Ideas with the most votes will each receive a $10,000 prize. and we are planning to use that money for playground equipment inclusive for children with all abilities in Lockwood park.

The top 50 vote getters will each receive $10,000.

Could you please take a few minutes to register, vote and pass this message on to family and friends. Children who have an email address can vote with parental consent.

Here is the link to register or to log if you have previously registered.  You can then apply your 10 votes for the accessible playground equipment for Westport – our idea # is 18-327.

Register now

I just checked and we already have 359 votes … we need your help to get many more votes to secure the grant.

THANK YOU!!!

Lockwood Park needs your VOTES!

Every child deserves to feel exhilarated and experience new sights, sounds and textures.  It is important that a playground not only meet accessibility standards, it must also provide engaging experiences for all kids to play alongside one another, regardless of their abilities.

The Village has submitted its application for a $10,000 AVIVA grant.  The winners are determined by the number of email votes received for the project.

If successful, the funds will be used to provide accessible playground equipment in Lockwood Park.  Five years ago our park was an ignored green space in the middle of the Village, with the exception of the ball diamond.  Since that time volunteers have fund raised and applied for grants to transform it into a place for sports, leisure and family gatherings. In 2018, a natural playground was built for children without physical challenges and in 2019 we want to continue the inclusive playground development .

For children with challenges, we need an accessible play area and wheelchair-accessible playground equipment so they can play and be children, just like everyone else. Play is crucial for human development, the growth of social skills and self-confidence.

For other children, using playground equipment designed with disabled children in mind can also offer big benefits, such as encourages empathy and other skills that will benefit children throughout their entire lives.  Adults who have mobility issues can benefit from wheelchair-accessible playgrounds because these playgrounds allow them to go to the park with their children and grandchildren.

Although Lockwood Park is in the Village of Westport, it is used by many people who live in the township and visitors/tourists.

PLEASE – share this with your family, friends, work colleagues.  And encourage them to VOTE, VOTE, VOTE.

Here is the information you will need.  Please share the link!  Thank you.

Our idea number is 18-327 and the unique link to your idea page is https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/18-327.