Avery Dennison Day of Caring volunteers give Eastlake park a fresh, new look

Jakse Park and Houston Fisher Pool in Eastlake are receiving a face lift, courtesy of volunteers from Avery Dennison.

The Day of Caring project is part of an ongoing partnership between the company and the Lake County YMCA. On June 19 and 27, volunteers will be working to improve the facilities at Jakse Park and Houston Fisher Pool.

Kristin Kerestman, leadership development program specialist, said that this is the third year Avery Dennison has partnered with the Lake County YMCA for a Day of Caring.

“We’ve done a number of projects with (the Y) throughout the area,” she said. “This is first year we’re at this park, to help them revitalize the park and bring it back to an area where residents and families can come back and really enjoy themselves.”

She added that the projects at Jakse Park include revitalizing the park’s basketball courts and beach volleyball courts; repainting, cleaning out and power-washing the Houston Fisher pool building; and building new picnic tables for the park’s shelter house.

Some of Avery Dennison’s volunteers included summer interns, leadership development program associates and other employees. About 80 people attended on June 19 to help revitalize the park.

“I have people here from Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania and then (all over) Ohio,” Kerestman said. She added that the company also volunteers in the other states’ communities as well.

Volunteers essentially participate in a full workday for the Day of Caring, working from about 8 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. On June 27, a different group will come into Jakse Park and complete the work.

Kerestman added that volunteering is part of the company culture at Avery Dennison.

“We’ve been doing it for years, with the United Way and other partners as well. It’s just something that, every year, we enjoy.”

Bob Diak, Lake County YMCA chief operations officer, highlighted that the Y had previously worked with the City of Eastlake to reopen Houston Fisher Pool.

“This is the rest of the project,” Diak said, mentioning that a lot of the park’s amenities have been inactive for a while, including the basketball courts, beach volleyball courts and playground. The current project seeks to make them active again.

“So if they’re not swimming, they get something else to do,” Diak added.

During the Day of Caring, the city provided machinery to help with removal of debris and old pool equipment, such as metal lockers. The Y, Diak said, covers the costs of the Day of Caring project.

Jakse Park and Houston Fisher Pool will be closed June 27 while work is completed.

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