It takes a village: Organizations partner on project for area kids

Dave Lein, Editor

Photo by Tammy Lockwood

Pictured during last Friday’s placement of the new structure are (from left): Lyle Lovelace, Dan Steiner, Tom Fry, Gary Lockwood, Dee Lynch, Ron Lynch, Gregory Adamek, Chris Smith and Christopher Smith. Volunteers not pictured: Paul DeLange, Bob Mack, Ken Solo, Chris Corbett, Brian Lunn, Jake Ryan, Richard Milock and Willie Trembley.


BELLAIRE – A new structure is now in place at Richardi Park in Bellaire. But come spring, it will disappear – sort of – by moving up the street to serve a secondary purpose.

The 10-foot by 12-foot structure, financed and built through a partnership of the Bellaire Youth Initiative (BYI) and Bellaire Rotary Club, was completed and moved last week to its current location in the park.

“It was sort of like an Amish barn raising,” said BYI representative Dee Lynch. “A number of volunteers were involved from the village to the BYI and Bellaire Rotary.”

According to Lynch, the idea for a new “shed” came up months ago when she noticed an “ideal” structure outside the Bellaire Hardware Store.

“We (BYI) had been looking for something that we could set up in the winter at the community ice rink in Richardi Park to store skates and equipment,” Lynch said. “But we were also looking for something that could be moved to Bellaire Schools to house supplies for our planned garden up there in the spring and summer.

“So I talked with (Bellaire Hardware owner) Chris Corbett to see if we could buy it,” she explained, “Chris said that he was actually using it for the store, but suggested an alternative. After talking with Gary Lockwood of the Bellaire Rotary, we took the idea and ran with it.”

That idea involved raising funds and finding volunteers to build a similar shed. BYI donated $1,000 and the Rotary club provided another $800, which was combined with other monetary donations to get the ball rolling and purchase materials.

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