SCHENECTADY– The Schenectady Jewish Community Center (SJCC) officially opened its new state-of-the-art Ernest & Gloria Kahn Playground for school-age children. The playground was built for the more than 1,000 children the Schenectady Center serves on an annual basis through its early childhood education program, after school care program, summer camp, and other youth programming.
The new playground was designed by playground developer Parkitects and replaces a 30-year-old structure. It is a larger and more accessible space and features a double zipline, three slides, and climbing apparatus. One of the ziplines includes a seat that is suitable for children with disabilities and the groundcover in the playground features wood chips, which replace the sand that previously was there. In addition, the path from the parking lot to the equipment is now handicap accessible.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide this new playground for the children we serve and their families, and we’re especially proud that it is accessible to all children,” said SJCC Campus Director Andy Katz.
The project was made possible through a nearly $200,000 fund-raising campaign.
The Playground Task Force hosted community fund-raisers at local restaurants, community events, and to make the project a reality, the Center also held four community build days in April and early May.
“Our community recognized that this was an important project and eagerly supported our efforts, both to raise the necessary funds and to install the equipment,” said Playground Task Force Chairwomen Amy Landauer-Ruder.
Susanne Bronstein Kahn, daughter of Ernest and Gloria Kahn for whom the playground is named, told those gathered at the ribbon cutting about her parents’ dedication to exercise and outdoor activities and how fitting it is to have the playground bear their names.