Spaces & Places: JCC Water Park

Spaces & Places: JCC Water Park

JCC Families,

Summer is here! (Maybe. You can never be sure in Wisconsin, but let’s go with it.). As we continue to actively lead our return to JCC Spaces & Places, serving the entire community with programs both onsite and throughout our Beyond a Building efforts, we want to provide you a full update on some upcoming programs and services. We all know that when the warmth rolls in, you want nothing more than to curl up with a long email pulled from your overflowing inbox, but these are good and timely updates!

We’re pleased to announce that the Hy & Richard Smith JCC Water Park will begin welcoming JCC members on July 6! Along with our ongoing Youth Summer Programs – which opened this week in Whitefish Bay and continue beginning June 29 in Fredonia – we’re proud to be meeting the needs of our community in these meaningful ways. While we have many details to confirm before the JCC Water Park opens, we wanted to share this exciting news and investment in the JCC membership experience as soon as we could.

Here are a few details as we prepare for the opening of the JCC Water Park:

  • The JCC Water Park will open daily at 10:30 AM and close each day at 6:30 PM.
  • Access to the Water Park will be reserved for active JCC members; no guest passes will be issued this season.
  • To ensure proper physical distancing, and in partnership with guidance from our expert partners and officials, Water Park capacity will be limited to 90 members at any time.
  • To accomplish this capacity requirement, JCC members will reserve space at the Water Park in two-hour increments, per day. Details on how to reserve space will be forthcoming. Additionally, the JCC Water Park will close twice daily (12:30 -1:30 PM and 3:30-4:30 PM) for onsite cleaning.
  • Deck seating will be limited and spaced to ensure proper distancing; deck chairs will not have cushions and will stay in their assigned space.
  • Like our Whitefish Bay facility, JCC members using the JCC Water Park will be asked to take a thermal temperature screening and review the JCC entrance health questionnaire upon each visit. All members will complete a Member Expectations Agreement upon their first JCC Water Park visit of the season.
  • Locker rooms will be open and available for single-user/family access; locker rooms and restrooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members are strongly encouraged to shower and change in advance of arriving at the JCC Water Park.
  • The Snack Shack will not open this season; carry-in items will remain prohibited.

Some news from our Early Childhood Education & Youth Summer Programs:

  • This week, our school-age summer care program at Whitefish Bay opened; based on early success and partnership we’re excited to reopen registration for next week (also at Whitefish Bay). We’re proud to offer a program that empowers parents to get to work – and kids to get back to the business of being kids. Please click here to register today.
  • Beginning June 29, our Youth Summer Programs will move to Fredonia, to be hosted at the exceptional Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp facilities. Available in two-week sessions, your child can expect a safe and engaging outdoor summer experience – full of that unique JCC spirit and with tons of activities and friendship. Registration for this program remains open; click here to enroll.
  • Need a smile as we approach the midpoint of the week? Check out last week’s video of our students and families returning to Gan Ami Early Childhood Education at both Whitefish Bay and Mequon! Our educators have worked tirelessly to prepare a safe and engaging environment for our learners (and their adults!) and we’re excited to have our Gan Ami Family together again. Both sites are now accepting enrollments for August and beyond.

Finally, we continue to work on a number of service areas and programs for our members and community:

  • The Jewish Community Pantry continues to serve the community with emergency food resources, now in a drive-through environment. Adult volunteers are needed every Thursday morning at our facility on 29th and Center; please click here to learn more about joining this team of community leaders committed to – and demonstrating – social justice.
  • Following ongoing guidance from the North Shore Health Department, and our own decision making matrix, we are exploring ways to safely and efficiently open our locker rooms (general and Health Centers) in the near future. Look for an update in the next week.
  • Our Beyond a Building teams filled the social ‘airwaves’ with incredible opportunities – rainbow-colored challah braiding, camp-themed live song sessions, a PJ Library program about respecting others’ differences, and live group and personal fitness sessions. This week we have ‘Mixology 101’ live, a conversation about being Jewish and LGBTQ+, and an at-home edition of our collaborative “What Unites Us” series. We thank our partners at the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and the donors contributing to the Fund for Jewish Milwaukee of the Jewish Community Foundation, for helping make this outreach programming possible.

We’re proud of the work this team is doing to bring our members new – and returning – services. Even more, we’re blessed to have the support of this community, which has stood alongside us at every turn of this incredible journey. Thank you for choosing the JCC, thank you for your patience as we prioritize safety and an inclusive experience, and thank you for your partnership as we remain focused on building the healthiest possible community for every JCC member, guest, neighbor, and friend.

Mark Shapiro
JCC President & Chief Executive Officer