Sderot Indoor Recreation Center
The 21,000 square-foot state-of-the-art indoor playground, a $5 million project, is located in a secure industrial zone in an old textile warehouse, and features recreational and exercise facilities for children ages 16 and under, including jungle gym equipment, a soccer field and volleyball court, a rock climbing wall, a snack area, a movie and television area, a disco, swing sets and more. The facility is under the supervision of the Israeli Army Engineers for Security Clearances and the educational arm of the IDF will provide after-school tutoring services. There are three therapy rooms to help children suffering from trauma.
The facility, a former textile factory, is designed with multiple reinforced shelters that also serve as play areas that provide instant protection when entered after a 15-second advance warning of a rocket attack. An additional shelter is outside the site for children and their families waiting to get in.
With a capacity of up to 500 people, the indoor site for children is divided into two areas for different age groups. Psychologists will be on-site with intervention for children and families in need of their services. A medical station will also be available. About 5,000 children live in Sderot and surrounding communities.