A secure indoor playground is being constructed in Sderot.
The secure recreation facility, funded by donations to the Jewish National Fund, will be protected against rocket attacks from Gaza. A JNF mission is slated to dedicate the first stage of the project on Thursday. The project is due to be completed in January 2009.
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 being constructed 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 also 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.