New Playground Is Handicap Accessible

New Rochelle’s newest playground opened earlier this month to rave reviews and big crowds. Jack’s Friendship Garden, located at the corner of Eastchester Road and North Avenue, next to the Huguenot Children’s Library, offers extensive state-of-the-art play equipment in a beautifully landscaped setting, and is one of just two handicapped-accessible playgrounds in Westchester County. Our son Jeremy can attest personally to its joys.

The project was spearheaded and principally funded by the Jack Robert Young Memorial Foundation, established in memory of the infant son of Donna and Robert Young. The Partnership for the Huguenot Children’s Library and the City of New Rochelle played important supporting roles, as did many individuals, who donated labor and money. Built almost entirely with private funds, Jack’s Friendship Garden represents one of the largest gifts ever given to the people of our city.

Fundraising for the playground is still ongoing. Those wishing to “Buy A Brick” can do so by visiting the Jack Robert Young Memorial Foundation website at