We ALL did it! On behalf of the Sycamore Park Playground Project Steering Committee, we would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported this project from the onset almost two years ago, to the completion of the playground just a few weeks ago! The process of building this playground took our entire community; it was a truly unbelievable, “once-in-a-lifetime” experience to see our friends and neighbors join together to build it!
It took us all: the children who inspired the entire project and offered their input to the design team, the financial sponsors- from pickets and dollars in jars to our generous playground sponsors, the Township Committee, and EACH AND EVERY VOLUNTEER who lent tools, hauled rock, painted, watched children, hung fliers, and everything else it took to create Patriot Park!
The project was inspired by the MOMS Club of the Blairstown Area, who raised enough money to share Platinum Level sponsorship status along with First Hope Bank and Blair Academy. We would also like to thank our Gold Level financial sponsors: Blue Ridge Lumber, Bollinger Insurance, Brandt Box/The Brandt Family, H&S Trucking, Oatley Land Surveying, Warren County Technical School and Newton Medical Center and our Silver Sponsors: Custom Decorative Concrete/Todd & Courtney Constantine, Dale’s Market, The Gilmore Family, Montage, North Warren Lions Club, Re-Max Ridge, and Richard Keiling, Esq. and Hagerty Crane Service.
We would like to extend our gratitude to those who sponsored each of the beautifully constructed and designed components on the playground including MOMS Club of the Blairstown Area, A-Tech Automotive, The Tanis Family, Sanico Inc., Re/Max Ridge, North Warren Pharmacy Gifts & Floral, Understanding Women, The Croucher Family, 10-31, Inc., Blairstown Animal Hospital, The Pieroni Family, The Dunn Family, North Warren Lions Club, Kaleidoscope Learning Center, Blairstown Dairy, Newbaker Funeral Home, Knowlton Lions Club, Reverend David Harvey & the First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown, The Children’s Center Preschool & Kindergarten, Frank’s Pizza, Gary Gray Trucking, The Gliebe Family, The Johnson Family, The Oatley Family, Warren County Community College, Blairstown Can Zumba, The Harris Family, Chris & Diane Mulch, Main Street Hair Design, Giving Tree Preschool & Kindergarten, The Buchholtz Family, Blairstown Hose Co. #1 and Blairstown Rotary & JHM Signs.
Special Thanks to Mark Anthony Construction, Hope Conference and Renewal Center, Big Red Transport, the Evangelical Free Church of Blairstown, The Inn at Millrace Pond, The Blairstown Township Mayor and Committee, The Hardwick Township Mayor and Committee and The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle. Thank you to the Lance and Gash families for camping out to provide security along with the NJ State Troopers and Blairstown Police. The enormous and ongoing efforts of Carl Stoddart and the DPW crew have been paramount to the success of this project. We would also like to thank Principal Leal and the students and staff at the Blairstown Elementary School as well as the area preschools for all of their support. Thank you to all of the media outlets who provided coverage throughout the project including Blairstown News, the Warren Reporter, The New Jersey Herald, The Press, The Express-Times, WRNJ, Clear Channel Broadcasting, and the many websites and blogs who helped spread the word.
Thank you to the many food sponsors who fed our volunteer army including The Mediterranean Diner, Dales Market, Café Nelle Cucina, Chick-fil-A, Pepperidge Farm, Alpine Meats, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Friendly’s, Warren Technical School, Ellias Creative American Cuisine, Mama’s Restaurant and Café Baci, Friendly’s, Olive Garden, McDonalds, Hot Dog Johnny’s, Blair Academy, Mediterranean Diner, Alpine Meats and Deli, TGIFriday’s, Pizza Express, New Ho Ho Kitchen, Chick Fil A, Pizza Hut, Log Cabin Inn, Hope Pizzeria, Applebee’s, Post Time Pub, Blair Women’s Club, Frank’s Pizza, Dominick’s Pizza, Blairstown Diner, Café Nelle Cucine, Donaldson’s Farm Market, Race’s Farm, Nature’s Harvest, GBBA, Pepperidge Farm, Sam’s Club, and several members of our community who came by with water and snacks during the build.
Lastly, we would like to thank our project coordinators from Leathers and Associates, Bill Hugill and Justin Fowler for leading the build with our fantastic construction captains: Roger Bock, Calvin Croucher Jr., Gary Hicok, Rob Jakiun, Robert Johnson, Dave Oatley, Richard Rodriguez, Brian Sassaman, Carl Stoddart and Doug Urfer.
THANK YOU to everyone who was involved, no matter how small!! We hope this playground build has a lasting memory in the hearts of families, friends and most importantly the children!What a wonderful community to be a part of!Let’s go play!!
The Sycamore Park Playground Project Steering Committee
Breanna Johnson, Jamie Oatley, Erinn Allison, Erin Sobczak, Radka Pieroni, Elisa Diego, Alissa Hicok, Lynda Ochs, Lisa Thompson, Sandra Roberts, Mark Scialla, Catie Urfer, Renee Couvrette, Tracie Dunn, Elizabeth Dwyer and Kerry Haase