In 2001 the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) and the Village of Cedarhurst shared a vision to build a playground for all children to enjoy. With generous financial assistance from NCJW, the vision became a reality. The first phase in the development of the playground in Cedarhurst’s Andrew J. Parise Park began. An empty corner of the Park was transformed into 12,000 square feet of the first handicapped accessible playground in Nassau County.
18 years later our playground has more than doubled in size with the construction of a water park and the expansion of an additional 2,350 square feet of play area and swings.
The playground is a Five Towns meeting place that is used heavily year-round. Unfortunately, the wear and tear is ever present, and constant maintenance is a must. The latest equipment casualty was one of the slides that cracked. It could not be repaired and the replacement parts were no longer available. Through the generosity of NCJW, the Village procured a new slide and the playground is now back in tip-top shape.