WORCESTER – The Worcester JCC held a special ribbon cutting and open house on the evening of Oct. 26 to celebrate the completion of new, state-of-the-art renovations at their 633 Salisbury Street facility in Worcester.
The yearlong, $500,000 project has resulted in a wide range of enhancements to the JCC that members and program participants now enjoy on a daily basis.
The event included distinguished guests from the community. Attendees had the opportunity to tour the facility, see the new renovations first-hand, and learn more about the JCC.
“The JCC facility is unmatched in Worcester, and we work hard to keep it that way,” said Emily Holdstein, executive director.
Highlights of recently completed facility enhancements include:
The Auditorium, which is also used by many community organizations, now has a new state-of-the-art audio visual system, sound panels, new lighting, shades, new flooring and new chairs.
The Lobby and Front Desk area has been significantly remodeled, and now includes a sleek new reception desk, security turnstiles, new artwork and added room for signage about the latest happenings at the JCC.
Environmental improvements to the JCC Grounds, thanks to plants, grass and trees from the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust, have added natural beauty to the upper youth playground, the courtyard, the front of the JCC facility and next to the JCC signs on Salisbury Street.
The new Upper Youth Playground (to the right of the JCC’s outdoor basketball and tennis courts), includes new equipment, landscaping and fencing. Kids can play on the zip line, slide, monkey bars and a new Toddler Playground has also been installed.
A new Courtyard with benches, tables and umbrellas has also been installed for all members to enjoy.
Scores of Worcester area residents, community organizations and JCC members contributed to the facility renovation effort, including significant donations from the George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Central Mass., the Kraft Family Foundation Inc., the Stoddard Charitable Trust, the Fred Harris Daniels Foundation, the Schwartz Foundation, the Nathaniel Wheeler Trust, the Hoche-Scofield Foundation, the Fletcher Foundation, the Webster 5 Foundation and the DCU for Kids Foundation.
CAP: The sleek new lobby area in the Worcester JCC.