Dozens of one of a kind outings and works of art are up for bid in an online auction benefitting the rebuilding of Joey's Park in Belmont. The auction began in mid-May and lasts through Saturday, June 8.
The park, built in 1989 in the memory of a local boy who died at 12 years old from cystic fibrosis, closed briefly in 2011 after a safety review raised concerns, and reopened on a temporary basis only after some play equipment was removed.
Now, community members are using funds that they have been raising to renovate the playground. The brand new facility was designed by students at the elementary school Joey attended, and is being constructed by Belmont residents in an old-fashioned community barn-raising.
Money raised in the auction will help pay for a new Joey’s Park playground, which is slated to open in October with help from hundreds of volunteers, according to officials at the Friends of Joey's Park group.
“We really do have something for everybody,” said Ellen Schreiber, co-chair of the friends organization, in a statement. “Whether you want to take in a Red Sox game or purchase a one-of-kind piece of art, here’s your opportunity. And, of course, it helps pay for the new playground.”
Among the items up for bid are art projects created by students at the Winn Brook Elementary School, where students in each class worked together to create a unique piece of art.
“We thought it would be fun to get kids and teachers involved the auction,” said Diane Miller, another co-chair. “The pieces they created are simply stunning.”
Other opportunities in the auction include biking with a state senator, rafting down a river, enjoying dinner out or bringing in a party planner.
For more information about the auction, visit the fundraiser's site.
Learn more about plans for Joey’s Park at joeyspark.org.