Sheltered playground in Sderot
The town of Sderot has become in recent years a symbol of living under a
constant threat of rockets launched from the Gaza strip. Due to the
proximity of just a few kilometers from the border, the children of Sderot
must always be within a few seconds of a bomb shelter. An afternoon at the
park may turn into a potentially dangerous activity, forcing children to
spend most of their time indoors.
Aimed at alleviating this hardship, the Jewish National Fund (JNF) has built
a 21,000 square foot secure indoor playground providing families a place
that is as close as possible to an open playground.
You are invited to visit this unique sheltered playground and see the young
children playing, trying to forget the havoc of the outside world.
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Sderot Indoor Recreation Center - JNF
In 10 short months JNF did what no one thought could be done – built the
largest secure indoor recreation center for the children of Sderot.
Over the past few years, the Israeli communities on the border with Gaza
have endured continual Kassam rocket attacks. These attacks are untargeted,
but some have hit residences and schools, killing 11 citizens and hurting
hundreds more. The city of Sderot, located on the border with Gaza, has been
hardest hit — its children growing up in the shadow of violence, fear, and
To directly impact the lives of the children of Sderot and provide them with
the chance to simply be kids, Jewish National Fund has embarked on a massive
project: building the largest indoor playground in Israel in Sderot. The
all-inclusive Indoor Recreational Center opened on March 10, 2009 to provide
Sderot’s youth with a place to have fun, connect with friends, enjoy
stimulating classes, and be children, beyond the conflict. A place to feel
strong and free, away from their daily helplessness and anxiety. And parents
can have peace of mind knowing that their children are playing and learning
in an environment that is safe and secure.
In the Israeli town of Sderot, parents cannot send their children outside to
play on a beautiful day. Soccer fields are no longer home to after-school
games. There is no sound of laughter, cries, screeches, or any other usual
childhood noise. The streets are not filled with children riding bicycles
but rather with an eerie silence.
As rockets launched from the nearby Gaza Strip fall on Sderot, life is at a
standstill, especially for the town’s 3,000 children, who are forced to
remain indoors all day rather than risk the chance that they won’t be able
to reach a bomb shelter quickly enough during a rocket attack. more...
The 21,000 square-foot state-of-the-art indoor playground had its Grand
Opening during Purim 2009. This $5 million project, is located in a secure
industrial zone in an old textile warehouse, and features:
•Recreational and exercise facilities for children ages 16 and under
•Jungle gym equipment
•Soccer field and volleyball court
•Rock climbing wall
•Snack area and gift shop
•Movie and television area
•Disco, swing sets, a merry-go-round, and more.
The facility will be under the supervision of the Israeli Army Engineers for
Security Clearances and the educational arm of the IDF will provide
after-school tutoring services. There are three therapy rooms to help
children suffering from trauma.
The facility, a former textile factory, is designed with multiple reinforced
shelters that also serve as play areas that provide instant protection when
entered after a 15-second advance warning of a rocket attack. An additional
shelter is outside the site for children and their families waiting to get
With a capacity of up to 500 people, the indoor site for children is divided
into two areas for different age groups. Psychologists will be on-site with
intervention for children and families in need of their services. A medical
station will also be available. About 5,000 children live in Sderot and