MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – It’ll be a community effort in Mount Vernon this weekend, as hundreds of volunteers get set to renovate Heavy D and the Boyz (also known as the Lorraine Avenue) Playground.
City officials will be joined at the park by approximately 200 volunteers, members of the Westchester Knicks and KaBoom, with prep work being completed Thursday and Friday in advance of the busy build on Saturday.
Following the prep, the build will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at the park, when the volunteers will build a brand-new playground, with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for approximately 2:30 p.m. that same day.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided during the build and preparation. Gloves and safety materials will be provided when necessary. Any youth under the legal working age for the state will be welcome to participate in youth activities, but will not be able to participate in building in the construction areas.
The build will take place, rain or shine. Participants are warned that they should “come dressed for the weather in clothes (one) doesn’t mind getting dirty or stained.” Closed-toe shoes are required.
Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis noted that the designs for the new playground were partially designed by local children who participated in a contest during the summer.
“The designs drawn by Oakwood Heights’ children back in August will be incorporated into the playground this ‘Building Day,’” he said. “By providing this new play space, Mount Vernon children will have another recreational facility they deserve, filled with balance and quality apparatus so they can thrive.”
Those interested in participating in the playground build can still register online by signing a waiver. Any inquiries regarding the build can be directed toward Diane Atkins, the Deputy Commissioner of the Mount Vernon Department of Recreation at (914) 665-2316.
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