Volunteers and tools will be needed to do the work of building the playground beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 12

A new playground will dress up Penn Yan’s Red Jacket Park, after a project to install a new playground is complete next week. On May 12, an army of volunteer builders equipped with their own tools (wrenches, socket sets) will build a new $70,000 playground to replace the existing equipment which no longer meets the safety requirements.

The new playground will be built next to the new restrooms that were added to the park recently.

Norm Koek, who is coordinating the effort through the Penn Yan Lions Club, says the local Lions Club with financial support from Lions International is investing $55,000. The Penn Yan Elks Club is contributing $15,000.

The playground is a project of Parkitects, a company that specializes in helping communities develop unique play spaces. The playground at Indian Pines Park was designed by the company.

Before May 12 village workers will prepare the site for the construction of the playground, then on Friday, May 12, volunteers and tools will be needed to do the work of building the playground beginning at 8:30 a.m. Koek says volunteers who can provide lunch and refreshments will also be needed.

On May 13, the final site work will be completed and the playground will be ready for a busy summer full of fun.

While members of the Lions and Elks will provide much of the muscle, more volunteers will be needed from morning through the afternoon. Koek says coffee breaks and lunch will be provided for everyone who helps out.

Be there

What:  Build the Red Jacket Playground

When: 8 a.m. May 12
and 13 (Fri.–Sat.)

Where: Red Jacket Park

Bring: Socket sets and wrenches