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City Playground Gets Facelift

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The City of Buffalo is getting some help from a home improvement chain to revitalize a local playground.

The Dewey Park playground is located at the east end of Dewey Avenue, near Kensington Avenue. Masten District Common Council member Antoine Thompson has been on a mission to renovate all the parks within his district.

On Monday Thompson stood at Dewey Park, where he said he once played as a child, to announce that Home Depot is offering supplies and manpower to help spruce up the park.

"I grew up directly across the street and this park really means a lot to me. This year Home Depot and the City of Buffalo are going to give this park a very needed makeover," said Thompson.

Home Depot approached Thompson in January offering the assistance. District manager Robert Bertone says one of his company's core values is to give back to the community.

Each year the company donates about two million hours of community services to cities across the U-S. On June 24th it's Buffalo's turn. Bertone says that's when Home Depot employees will help re-beautify the local park.

"We are going to do things like painting fences, putting down mulch and cleaning up the yard," Bertone said.

Home Depot says the value of supplies and man hours adds up to about $10,000. Thompson says last year they began repairs to some of the Park's basketball courts, but now, thanks to the donation, they will be able to extend the revitalization efforts.

"This year we are going to finish the basketball courts. The playground equipment, the benches, the shelters, trails, walks and fences will be fixed up. This will be a welcome addition and all the playground equipment is going to be replaced as well," said Thompson.

Erie County is responsible for day-to day operations for the Park and playground under the City-County Parks merger. But the city is still responsible for all public improvements to the park.