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PUBLIC INPUT SOUGHT FOR PARK, PLAYGROUND FOR BLACK CREEK VILLAGE IN LOVE CANAL AREA

Residents of Black Creek Village in the revitalized Love Canal area are invited to help plan a new park and playground being proposed for a two-acre site east of the Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency offices at 9501 Colvin Blvd.

The agency's new Public Relations Committee will hold an informal meeting to gain residents' input at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the LaSalle Community Center gymnasium, next to the agency offices.

The decision to pursue development of a recreation area came out of residents' responses to a survey conducted by the agency a few months ago.

Agency officials said there were an overwhelming number of comments citing the need for playgrounds, parks and green space.

The agency created the Public Relations Committee to improve relations between the agency and residents, spearhead park projects and address other uncompleted aspects of the agency's master plan, including a landscaping buffer of the fenced containment area where the toxic chemicals which caused the Love Canal emergency have been buried.

The agency appointed Allen V. Benton Jr., a three-year resident of 100th Street, as chairman of the committee. Subsequently, Benton also was appointed as a community representative to the agency board.

Benton said except for the site of the new park, no other decisions have been made.

The committee strongly believes that the playground design should be decided by residents, he said. The goal of Wednesday's session will be to brainstorm ideas and form a resident group to cosponsor the project.

The property was selected because it is owned by the agency, is located in the habitable area, and there are no restrictions on its use.

The property is convenient to all of Black Creek Village and the community center and there are attractive, mature trees on the property, Benton said.

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