JAMESTOWN – After the completion of a $4.5 million renovation project to the Northwest Arena, work is set to begin on an interactive play space for children ages 2 to 12.
TheZone, part of a downtown revitalization effort for Jamestown, aims to lower barriers to play offering engaging sports-themed experiences that encourages the development of physical skills and metal stimulation through indoor, year-round play.
Features include climbing structures, people-powered games, space with balls, targets, and other props meant to inspire imaginative play, race simulators, personalized challenges, jumping, games, and a dedicated space for the littlest guests with soft-play equipment.
Located in the Northwest Arena, TheZone aims to build upon the arena’s 20-years of activism furthering local youth recreation and athletics.
“TheZone is a much needed and much wanted amenity in our community,” explained Arena Executive Director Keith Martin. “We are committed to offering an affordable entry price so that families may play at TheZone on a regular basis, and we are able to do that due to TheZone being in addition to the Northwest Arena’s existing programming versus a standalone facility.”
Martin says the fundraising campaign for TheZone is the key component of an $8.5 million dollar project to expand the arena.
With $4.5 million already pledged and the physical expansion complete, the campaign is now seeking $4 million in philanthropic investment for the manufacturing and installation of TheZone’s fixtures and exhibits.