While writing this article, the Griffith Park Sports Court project is finally underway after contractor delays. New storm drainage is being installed prior to paving and fence replacement. The project was funded primarily through an $80,000 grant received from Assemblywoman Monica Wallace and will include concrete sidewalks between the parking lots on Griffith and the ADA accessible park equipment, new picnic tables and more. Additional grant money from County Legislator Tim Meyers will be used towards sun shelters and seating in the Splash Pad area. Our goal in the next two years is to obtain a grant to update the bathrooms in Griffith Park to provide ADA accessibility. The park building has seen few upgrades since constructed in the 1960s and the addition of the new park shelter in 2020 has greatly increased our summer rental requests.This past summer, the Splash Pad and Griffith Park were enjoyed by so many of our community children and families. Michele Kramarsyck, our Recreation Supervisor, with the help of our Free Library librarian, Mary Maly, led a new Summer Reading Program. At our October 11th meeting, high reader awards were presented to Kaylee Conklin, Matthew Ernst, Chloe Huffman and Evannie Diaz- who all received gift cards generously donated by Target. Congratulations to all participants! The lunch program served 1,451 free meals to our youth in a six-week period; a huge thank you to the Cheektowaga Sloan School District for providing this service! The Sloan Arts Council celebrated their 20th year of sponsoring the Summer Concert Series. This organization is staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers who I am proud to be a part of since becoming Deputy Mayor four years ago.Our Youth and Recreation Center is scheduled to open on November 4th. We have relocated it from upstairs to down at the Community Center on Halstead. This will provide a safer environment for our children and improved use of our facility. Check the Village Recreation Facebook page or website for more info on hours and programs.