WARREN - Members of the Warren Little Raiders and other community members braved Sunday's near 90-degree heat to revitalize Warren's Deemer Park.
Amanda Martin, president of the Warren Little Raiders, said a $5,000 grant from the Raymond John Wean Foundation and $500 from the Trumbull 100 made possible the revitalization project of the park on the city's southwest side.
More than 20 workers, including parents, Raiders members and community volunteers, painted the pavilion, fences and bleachers; cut grass and weeds; and cleared debris.
Volunteers gathered Sunday to refurbish Warren's Deemer Park.
''We started at 6 a.m. and plan to work all day,'' Martin said, adding work will continue each Sunday through a target completion day of Aug. 21.
She said new bleachers were acquired and painted for the fields while other bleachers were repaired.
Martin said the park is being used by the Little Raiders football program and cheerleaders as they prepare for the upcoming season. She said more than 150 youth take part in the programs.
From left, Channen Polite, 11, and Benjamen Stefek, 14, both of Warren, paint bleachers at Deemer Park during a work day on Sunday.
Tribune Chronicle photos / Bob Coupland
Savannah Stefek, 17, of Warren, said the cheerleaders wanted to help make the park look nice. ''We are helping improve the look of the park and didn't want the parents to have to do all the work themselves,'' she said.
The organization maintains the park and is one of the main users of the different facilities, as are many families who live on the west side of Warren.
''This is not just for the Warren Little Raiders. This park provides a place for all the kids over here to go to. The parents won't have to worry of the kids being on the streets,'' Martin said.
The park includes a children's playground, a track and field, tennis and basketball courts, ballfields and gazebo / pavilion.
Next year, Martin said the Little Raiders plan to improve the tennis and basketball courts in order to hold tournaments. She said this fall a tutoring program also will be held.
Formed more than a decade ago, Warren Little Raiders teaches football and cheerleading. The nonprofit endeavor feeds into Warren G. Harding High School's programs.
Martin said volunteers who would like to help at the park can contact her at 330-307-5411.