After weeks of renovations, the new playground at Vincentian Child Discovery Center McCandless will officially reopen Monday, July 12, with a celebration from 4 – 6 p.m. and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Employees who are available are encouraged to stop by for the festivities.

Vincentian’s Unconventional Kitchen will cater the event, which will also have live music and Kona Ice.

The renovations include the removal and replacement of the previous playground with a brand new rubber safety surface. A new fence was installed to create separate play areas for younger and older children up to 4th grade.

The running horses that have been a staple of the playground for decades were refurbished and placed in a new location. A painted roadway encourages children to pedal child-size cars around the playground and park them in designated parking spaces.

“Playtime is such an important part of our school experience,” said Jill Paragi, Senior Director of Child Care Services. “This new playground will encourage our children to use their creativity and imagination which will help them develop dexterity and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength.”

Funding for the renovations was made possible in part by a grant from the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) – Vincentian’s sponsoring congregation – and fundraising events over the past few years.

Vincentian Child Discovery Center serves children six-weeks old to 4th grade with the daycare and afterschool program.