Community Comes Together to Add to Hulett Park

The Fulton community came together last week to install new playground equipment at Hulett Park on Division Street, with more than 75 people volunteering their time for the project.

Friends of Fulton Parks board member Kelley Weaver said Parkitects, the company the equipment was purchased from, was on site to lead and instruct volunteers in the installation.

The Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation worked with Parkitects and Broadwell Excavating & Construction to complete the heavy-duty portion of the project before volunteers took over.

The Hulett Park project was made possible through a collaborative community fundraising and installation effort, as well as funding from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation.

Shineman Foundation Executive Director Karen Goetz said that having a healthy parks program in Fulton is important. She said when the foundation’s board was considering the project last year, what they found most enticing is that it was “being done primarily with volunteers.”

Barbara Shineman, chairman of the foundation’s board, said “it’s wonderful to see volunteers like this.”

Shineman said she was intrigued by the “long-term benefit” of the project, and that several generations of kids would be able to enjoy the playground with their families.

“It’s for the kids,” she said. “It’s something that’s really worthwhile.”

Weaver said the “Skyport Climber” volunteers installed is the first of its kind in Central New York, and stressed the importance of volunteer work on not only this project, but the community as a whole.

“It’s important for the community to volunteer in order to build a sense of community pride, and it’s an excellent hands-on learning experience for the youth,” Weaver said. “People who want to make a difference in Fulton can do it through events like this.”

Over 75 community members, Friends of Fulton Parks, the Shineman Foundation, Broadwell Excavation & Construction, the Fulton Department of Parks and Recreation, and several other local businesses contributed to the project.

A second phase of the project is tentatively scheduled for about a month from now when the three remaining components arrive, according to Weaver. She said the installation of the “Swiggleknots Bridge,” “Rush Slide,” and “Overhead Trekker” will require 20 volunteers. The equipment vendor will again be on site to supervise the project.

Weaver said anyone interested in volunteering or making a contribution toward this project, or other efforts to improve Fulton’s parks, should contact Friends of Fulton Parks at friendsoffultonparks@gmail.com, or P.O. Box 572, Fulton NY.

Pictured, from left, kicking off the playground equipment community build in Hulett Park are Shineman Foundation Executive Director Karen Goetz, Shineman Foundation board member Casey Raymond, Shineman Foundation Board Chairman Barbara Shineman, senior administrative assistant Penny Halstead, Fulton Mayor Ron Woodward Sr., Fulton Parks and Recreation Superintendent Barry Ostrander, and Friends of Fulton Parks board member Kelley Weaver.

 
Volunteers pitch in to install the “Skyport Climber,” a new state-of-the-art piece of playground equipment, at Hulett Park in Fulton Friday.

 

By Matthew Reitz - The Valley News