Groundbreaking celebration

Groundbreaking celebration

A groundbreaking celebration will be held Sunday, Aug. 29, for the new John and Leatrice Wolf Aquatic Center at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh’s overnight camping program, Emma Kaufmann Camp.
The total project will improve aquatics and recreation opportunities and enable the entire group of campers to be in one area for community gatherings. It is expected to cost an estimated $1.5 million. Currently, based on a lead grant by John and Leatrice Wolf, total private donations from alumni and current campers’ parents have reached more than $1.3 million; fundraising continues.
The architectural rendering illustration is based on raising a total of $1.5 million. The new aquatic center project is part of Phase II of a 10-year plan for EKC facility improvements. To date, $3 million has been invested in the camp during the past six years.
As planned, the new John and Leatrice Wolf Aquatic Center includes three pools:
• Instructional and free swim with water slides
• Zero-entry pool with recreational features
• Deep diving pool
If fundraising goals are met, the Center also will have a multipurpose sheltered sports court, a new basketball court, a new volleyball court, new locker rooms and renovated upper ball field facilities.
The schedule of events on Aug. 29, are:
• 11:30 a.m. Tour of EKC and camp improvements
• 12:15 p.m. Lunch
• 1:30 p.m. Groundbreaking ceremony, tour of the site and celebration
• 2:30 p.m. Pool party — join us for one last dip in the old pool

Emma Kaufmann Camp, the JCC’s resident overnight camp, is situated in the hills and forests along Cheat Lake in Morgantown, W.Va., providing opportunities for adventures, sports and recreational activities on land and water.
Phase I included:
• Winterized housing for counselor in training unit and off-season retreat/ community usage
• Development of Claire & Vern Reingold Park —- new nine-cabin housing unit
• Replacement of former caretaker house as senior staff housing unit
• Renovated, air conditioned and expanded dining facility to accommodate the entire camper, staff and guest populations
• Expanded recreation center in Teen Village
• Waterfront improvements — including new motor boats, water trampolines and slides, lake dredging in cove and bridge replacement
• Athletic improvements — including tennis court resurfacing, addition of second basketball court, leveling of athletic fields and renovated horse stables and paddock
• Security and safety — including new roads and fencing, electronic security gate, security cameras, resurfacing of walking paths, new railing and solar powered lights on main hill attaching lower and upper camp
• Bathhouse amenities — including installation of environmentally friendly sinks and commodes in all unit bath houses
• Infrastructure Improvements — including renovation of Water Treatment Plant and two new pump stations, replacement of water system,
upgraded drainage system, new maintenance vehicles and workshop
Phase II Priority Items
• New aquatics center, with renovated bathrooms and water features
• New multi-purpose sport court with covered pavilionNew outdoor
basketball court
• New sand volleyball court
• Renovation of counselor lounge
• Upgrades to CMU staff/visitor housing unit and doctor’s house,
• Rebuilding of bathhouse in Teen Village, completed
• Air conditioning improvements in health center, completed
• New stairway to the lake, completed
Phase III (preliminary plan to be finalized after phase II)
• Replace sabra housing Unit (Chalets)
• Renovation of camp office
• Renovations of main unit bath houses
• Upgrades/expansion of field house
• New activity centers in Teen Village
• Construction of additional staff housing
Contact Marla Werner at (412) 521-8011 Ext. 352 or for more information about the project.