Ceremony celebrates Boys and Girls Club’s Jimmyland

SHELTON — More than 20 years of hard work culminated in a celebration on last month as board members, alumni, staff, and friends of the Boys & Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley gathered to dedicate their new pavilion and splash pad.

Named “Jimmyland” after longtime Director of Operations Jim Queen, the splash pad and pavilion dedication were held on Oct. 21 and are a direct result of Queen’s vision and efforts, according to Shaye Roscoe, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club.

“The pavilion provides a new, beautiful, and fun outdoor space for Club members to utilize during Club hours,” Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley Program Director Jesse Patrick said.

The pavilion and splash pad are both located on the property of our Lavietes Unit in Shelton.

“As the only Splashpad in Shelton, this, in conjunction with the pavilion, offers a unique outdoor gathering space for community members, businesses, and other organizations to rent,” Patrick added.

Along with Queen, Club officials praised Pat Knott of Conn-Professional Water Services, AJ Grasso, the Alumni & Friends Association, Lanese Construction, Inc., the Raymond P. Lavietes Foundation, The Own Your Future Foundation, and Ullrich Electrical Construction for their time, talent, and treasure in making this dream a reality.

“We are so proud to dedicate this space as Jimmyland in honor of Jim Queen, who kept sight of this ultimate goal for so many years,” Roscoe said. “The pavilion and splash pad will provide a safe, fun place for our members to spend time as well as offer the community a much-needed splash pad and gathering space.”

The pavilion and splash pad will be used by all Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley members during summer camp and for special events. It is also available for rental for corporate events, parties, and community gathers.

For more information about the Boys & Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley, or for rental information, visit www.BGC-LNV.org.

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