Park gets facelift thanks to state, local funds

June 27th, 2015 1:48 am

First Posted: 5/31/2013

Same park. More fun.

West Wyoming’s Michael V. Charney Memorial Park on West Eighth Street recently got new playgound equipment and it was dedicated Thursday evening to the late Shirley Malloy, a long time Recreation Board member.

The project was a culmination of efforts of several community groups to complete the vision of Malloy to upgrade the park and make it compliant with the federal Americans With Disabilties Act.

West Wyoming officials said Malloy always strove to make sure there were parks and areas for recreation for the borough children during her years on the Recreation Board.

One of her long-range goals was to upgrade Charney Park.

When she died in 2009, her family and friends wanted to do something to honor her memory. Family and friends organized a very successful golf tournament to raise money.

The Recreation Board matched funds that were raised from the tournament totaling nearly $20,000 from both groups.

Still short of the $70,000 needed to improve the park, Eileen Cipriani, council president and staffer of state Rep. Phyllis Mundy, wrote a grant request to the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation Partnership Program.

Mundy helped bring the grant home, Cipriani said.

“We were fortunate to have the West Side Trail project going on in town and was able to have ADA accessible sidewalks installed at the park entrances as part of the project,” Cipriani said.

“The Shade Tree Commission chipped in a few trees and then the Wyoming Rotary club approached the borough and asked to participate in the project. The Rotary donated four benches for the park. It is very rare to have such a collaborative project and a credit to this community and the community spirit that Shirley embodied.”

By the end of the project, all unsafe equipment was removed and new equipment installed while making the park fully ADA compliant.