Artist's rendering of the proposed park and fire pit at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto
Artist's rendering of the proposed park and fire pit at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto

New addition to Palo Alto JCC: park and pavilion join the mix

The Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto broke ground this week on a new pavilion and park being constructed on its Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life. The project will mark the final phase of the master plan of the JCC, which opened in 2009. Construction, which began July 13, is expected to last a year. Meanwhile, the campus will remain open and fully operational throughout the project.

The two-story pavilion will include a multipurpose building intended for community meetings, art classes, conferences, speakers, dances and other social events. The park area will feature a large, green field for youth sports and games, community film nights, holiday celebrations, picnics and a running track — and a fire pit for marshmallow roasting, storytelling and perhaps even a few campfire song sessions.

In a press release, the JCC said no monies from tuition, membership fees or program fees are being used to fund the construction. Instead, JCC donors are financing the project. During construction, the uncovered area of the JCC parking lot will be unavailable, so alternative parking strategies will be employed.

In addition to housing the OFJCC and its programs, such as a preschool and a fitness center, gym and pool, the 8.5-acre Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life also houses the Moldaw Residences for retirement living, regional offices for the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, other Jewish communal agencies and Nourish, a Newish Jewish Café.

J. Staff