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pat park rainbowWe 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!!

Sincerest appreciation,

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

We still are in need of these items donated to help build “Patriot Park” , May 14-18.   Many of the items can be found in your home or office.   A drop off box will be located inside Richard Keiling’s office @ 104 Rt. 94 , Blairstown, Mon-Friday 9-4pm. Please message us if you need other arrangements to drop off items. THANK YOU to all who have graciously donated!
Items still needed:
  •  Utility …knife blades             13
  • Loctite 50 vials, red             11
  • Lumber marking crayons (red, blue)  15
  • Nylon string                   1000LF
  • Flagging tape                       2
  • Dust masks                      150
  • Coffee cans Milk jugs Buckets
  • Earplugs                   100 pair
  • Rags                              20 lbs
  • Sponges (kitchen)              10
  • Speed squares              35
  • Work gloves                  120 pair
  • Large wooden yard sticks    4
  • Cardboard, card stock

Thank you for your continued support!

Have you volunteered yet?


We are just 4 WEEKS away from building our playground!  We are counting on you as a volunteer.  Our build dates are Wednesday, May 14th through Sunday, May 18th.
  There are 3 shifts on each day – Morning (8am-12pm), Afternoon (12:30pm-5pm) and Evening(5:30-8/9pm).  If possible we would like to know which shift and days you are available and would like to volunteer.  There are many different areas to help: construction, art, childcare, food service, tools check-out, materials check-out, “light duty”, volunteer check-in/out, 
We still need volunteers!  There is a job for everyone – young, old and in between!  Lunch & Dinner are provided, and FREE childcare is also available for all shifts! (ages 6m -9). Children ages 10-13 are welcome to assist at the site alongside their parent, and children ages 14-17 can help at the build site in almost any way (no power tools)! Please help enlist your friends, neighbors, and family to make a day of it!
The build is rain or shine!  Thank you for your time and effort in seeing this amazing COMMUNITY project through to completion!
Please visit our Facebook page at for the most up-to-date information about the project and events.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Lynda Ochs at 908-362-9355.

About us…

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We have exciting news to share with you about our organization, Sycamore Park Playground Project, sponsored by the MOMS Club of Blairstown. Our goal is to create a community-built playground at Sycamore Park that promotes active play, stimulates imagination and is accessible to all children, regardless of ability. We would like to share this incredible opportunity with you to build community goodwill through sponsorship or partnership.

The MOMS Club of Blairstown is a local non-profit group, EIN # 75-3022441, formed under the International MOMS Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Although the playground is going to be located on town property, the town is not directly involved with the fundraising for the playground; we are a separate entity. We are committed to building an exciting new venue for childhood entertainment, exercise and education right here in Blairstown, NJ. Our organization is formed exclusively of volunteers. Therefore, 100 percent of all fundraising dollars go directly toward the playground project.

We have chosen to work with Leathers & Associates, a local design firm that specializes in custom-design community-built projects. Leathers has designed more than 2,800 projects throughout the US and seven foreign countries. Together, our goal is to build a unique 8,000 square foot playground at Sycamore Park.

The playground will be built by hundreds of volunteers from the community. Building the playground with free volunteer labor will save over 25% of the cost compared to a manufactured installed playground. This means every dollar will buy much more fun for the children of our community and all those who visit the park! The total budget for the playground is estimated to be $100,000. We need the assistance of major corporate sponsors and partners to complete our funding needs and make this dream a reality.