Upgrades planned for Jay children’s park near covered bridge

JAY — Children in the town of Jay will have some new playground equipment soon.

The town of Jay’s Park Committee has successfully raised enough money to update the children’s park on Randy’s Lane (off Stickney Bridge Road near the Jay Covered Bridge), committee Chairperson Lynn Edmonds announced this week. The committee is planning to build an open-air shelter area and purchase four new pieces of playground equipment — butterfly and flower structures for climbing on, an infant fun center and a merry-go-round called a “Whirl-a-Round.”

Between a GoFundMe crowdsourcing campaign, a grant from the Stewart’s Corporation and a grant from Adirondack Foundation, co-funded by the Uihlein Ironman Sports Fund and the Asgaard Fund, the committee raised more than $17,000 for upgrades to the park, according to Edmonds.

There are other parks in the town of Jay, but Edmonds said this is the only children’s park in town, though there’s another in the neighboring town of Black Brook.

This park has been around for about 20 years or so. Despite its age, Edmonds said the park’s existing equipment has “fared well,” but the committee is planning on repairing three pieces of the old equipment, too.

“It’s really a neat place,” Edmonds said of the park. “It’s definitely used.”

Contractors are expected to be at the children’s park on July 10 and July 17 to start building the open-air shelter area. This shelter area is a place that Edmonds hopes local mothers will use.

“I see it as a place for moms to get together and have some support,” she said.

The committee has a work day planned in September to install the new playground equipment.

Though they’ve raised the money they needed, the committee’s GoFundMe page will remain open for now, according to Edmonds. Whatever excess money they raise will go toward future projects, such as improved lighting at the park or additional equipment.