Mandy and I were so excited to hear about the grand opening of the BRAND NEW Jonathan’s Dream Playground on the Mandell JCC campus in West Hartford a few weeks ago! And not just because it promised to be even more amazing than the original.
You see, the original Jonathan’s Dream held a special place in our hearts. For starters, a visit to this playground was one of our very first outings for the blog!
Also, as one of the original “Boundless Playgrounds,” Jonathan’s Dream opened our eyes to the world of accessible playgrounds and sent us on a quest to discover other Boundless Playgrounds all across CT.
While we were sad to see the old playground go (it was such a unique place), we knew that, after almost two decades, it was time for an update. And we have been following the renovation project and anxiously awaiting the opening of the NEW Jonathan’s Dream!
And on October 22, 2017, the dream became a reality!
Honestly, I must say this new playground exceeded all of my expectations. It has so many places to climb and slide and spin and swing and sway and zip and jump and bounce and even make music!
So today I’m just going to show you a few snapshots from our visit there last weekend. But for the full effect, you’ll just have to go check it out for yourselves 🙂
The playground is still located in the original spot. As you enter the JCC parking lot you’ll see the JCC building on your left, and the playground will be to your right.
This is a fully fenced-in playground (yay!). And the gate latches when you enter. So small kids won’t be able to sneak out by accident.
In fact, if you’re anything like me, you may not be able to get out either! Haha!
It’s a good thing this playground is fully fenced-in, because once your kiddos are inside they are going to take off in any number of directions!
There are so many unique features.
This double zip line was a hit with kids big and small! Plus with two ways to zip–either in a seat with a harness or on a swing–all kids can have the experience.
Some of my kids’ favorite activities were just simple structures that could take them for a spin!
This playground is massive! And the play areas are nicely spaced. So even when there are a lot of people there it doesn’t feel too overcrowded (we went on a Saturday afternoon and it was hoppin’!). Another big plus: no more mulch! The ground cover is now that cushiony synthetic surface. It’s great for protecting kiddos from a tumble. And also makes a much smoother ride for strollers and wheel chairs. We were also happy to see that the water fountain remained. It’s becoming such a luxury to be able to grab a quick sip or fill up a water bottle at a park! You don’t see drinking fountains around that much anymore. Oh, and benches. Lots of benches! Weary parents everywhere are immensely grateful 🙂
So next time your kiddos have energy to burn, take them over to the NEW Jonathan’s Dream playground in West Hartford. It’s so much fun, you might just have to pinch yourself to make sure it’s not actually a dream!
Have you been? Tell us your kiddo’s favorite activity in the NEW Jonathan’s Dream playground!
Mandell JCC Campus
335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT
One hour after sunrise to 1/2 hour before sunset.
Stroller Friendly: YES
Coffee Mug Friendly: YES
Baby Changing Station: NO
Food for Sale: NO
Outside Food Allowed: YES
Cash Required: N/A
Age Recommendations: All ages!
Dress Code: NO.
Evening/Weekend Hours: YES
Birthday Party Venue: N/A
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