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Jake’s Place at Challenge Grove Park – Camden County, New Jersey – Parks & Playgrounds
3 Reasons my Family Loves Jake’s Place at Challenge Grove Park
- I love to play on the actual playground with my children. Some times its virtually impossible with the way that a playground is designed. However, with Jake’s Place I can get up on the actual playground, slide down the slides with ease. You can also bring up a stroller if you have a child that is younger and an older child and still be able to supervise the child.
- Jake’s Place at Challenge Grove Park has many ways that children of all abilities and sizes can play. There are monkey bars for shorter children or children in a wheelchair. For the first time my 2 and 4-year-old could actually reach the monkey bars all by themselves. They were very happy because they are extremely independent children.
- I love the story of Jake’s Place, the idea of Jake’s Place and how it came about:“Baby Jake” was beloved by many and left this world all too soon as a result of a rare cardiac medical condition. Jake always wore a smile. That smile was never bigger than when he was at a playground. Although Jake was unaware that his illness kept him from accessing many components of a typical playground, his family was not.
Jake’s family chose to honor his memory by creating a specially designed playground based on their belief that every child deserves a chance to play, regardless of physical limitations. Through the combined efforts of Build Jake’s Place Board of Directors, the Camden County Freeholders and the Camden County Parks Department, Jake’s Place became a reality in 2011. It was funded in part by CVS Pharmacies, along with hundreds of local families, businesses, individuals and children in the community, and was built by the caring hands of volunteers. Jake’s Place at Challenge Grove Park stands as a monument not only to the memory of “Baby Jake”, but to the hard work, generous spirit, and boundless love of this community.
What Jake’s Place at Challenge Grove Park offers
- Swings that can be used for younger children, infants, or children with all different abilities.
- A plastic 4 person seat you can sit on and someone can turn, there is back support
- A giant see-saw seat
- Tic-tac-toe areas
- A small table and three chairs
- Covered picnic tables
- 4 different slides
- Ride on area
- Spiny seats
- An area to learn braille
- Changing tables
- Lower monkey bars
- Metal bars to make music
- Ropes to climb on
- Giant clock to learn time and braille
- Steering wheels
- Balance beam
- Stepping circles
- Hour glass you spin around
- Multiple bridges
- “Rock” climbing area
- A boundless baseball field
Jake’s Place at Challenge Grove Park is located at 132 Bortons Mill Road Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 in Cherry Hill in Camden County.
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