From Eric Czubaj, Trustee, Youth Recreation Director
Summer of 2019 may be over, but the memories made will last a lifetime. After 55 years of the Sloan pool, enjoyed by so many of our residents, we upgraded to a brand new, interactive, ADA compliant Splash Pad! To complement the Splash Pad, we installed much-needed fencing and a new concrete driveway, walkway and handball court. For next year we are looking at possible improvements to Griffith Park such as the removal and replacement of fencing around the basketball and tennis courts along with some resurfacing. The majority of park improvements are paid for through our Community Development Grants, which is funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).Working with Victory Sports a local non-profit, we initiated a sports equipment supply box at Griffith Park. This enables all youth access to sporting equipment such as basketballs, frisbees, soccer balls and more. It has been a well-used addition to our park this summer and completely funded through the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation and their Project Play initiative. Working closely with the Cheektowaga-Sloan School District, we completed our second year of providing free lunches to all youth under the age of 18, regardless of residency. This program is funded through the New York State Education Department and is completely made possible by the caring efforts of Mary Brucz, Food Service Manager for Cheektowaga-Sloan Schools.We have a tentative opening date for the Youth Recreation Center at 140 Halstead Avenue on October 22, 2019. Hours and days of operation are not yet confirmed, but watch for the Fall edition of the Sloan Connection to be delivered mid-October for more information.Trick-or-Treating is scheduled for October 31st, to begin with a parade from St. Andrews Church at 6:00pm. We will travel to the Piekarski Community Center, where we will distribute goodies to all in costume. House to house trick-or-treating will be until 8:00pm that evening.