Temple Sholom unveils new playground

It’s being described as nothing less than “a preschooler’s dream come true” and Greenwich’s Temple Sholom has unveilved its new playground with some major fanfare.

The new playground has many new features that give kids a lot to do and also make affectionate nods toward the Temple Sholom community. From a working toll booth on the Selma Maisel Expressway to Rabbi Mitch’s Deli there’s plenty of fun to be had by kids. The new, two level playscape is centered around a large climbing structure. The upper and lower play areas are connected by slides built into the ground as well as a climbing wall. In addition to the main play area, riding track, playhouse and new sand area, there is also a brand new piece of equipment designed especially for two and three-year olds.

Funding for the new playground includes dollars raised over the past few years by the temple’s nursery school parents, along with contributions from temple members to the capital fund.

“The Selma Maisel Nursery School is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated parents and members who believe in helping to enrich our school,” said Phyllis Lyons, Temple Sholom’s nursery school director. “Additionally, by having Dan Green, who is a temple vice president, oversee the project, we were really able to bring the playground to the next level. Dan is a local real estate developer and he and his wife Shannon have two young children still in the nursery school. He took on this project as an expression of his commitment and dedication to the school and temple.”

The teachers at the Selma Maisel Nursery School have been using the playground construction for teachable moments. Some of the classes have gone out to the building site with hard hats to watch the cement trucks pour concrete. Other classes have been digging holes for new trees to be planted.

Because of that the new playground has become an all school community project.

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