The centerpiece of LifeTown, the Village is a simulated, town square with streets, traffic lights, a park, sidewalks and shops. At 11,000 square feet, this is the largest area in LifeTown, and central to the mission of giving each individual the tools he or she needs to live up to their individual potential.
Home to a zero-entry pool, giant water table and water-activity room, the aquatic center will be filled with the sounds of splashing and fun.
Designed to mimic a natural park and beach setting, this area will encompass the specialized activity rooms, indoor and outdoor playgrounds and more.
This is the primary area in LifeTown for recreational activities and sports leagues, including basketball, volleyball and tennis. The gym will be equipped with sound-absorbent walls and ceiling enabling individuals with sensory overload to participate in sports.
At 3,500 square feet, this great room can hold up to 400 people and be subdivided into various configurations, with up to 5 rooms. Classes, lectures, after-school programming and more will be held this area.
The Lounge will serve as the center of programming for teen volunteers and college students who intern at LifeTown. In addition to being a recreational meeting spot, educational programs will be offered in the lounge.
This room offers a living room setting for parents to work, relax and network.
This three-lane alley will feature customizable aids—from wheelchair ramps to bumpers—allowing everyone to experience the thrill of bowling.
Located just off the entrance to LifeTown, this 2,500 square foot space will divide into 3 rooms or open into one larger space. It will house LifeTown’s Early Childhood Center, Dance and Music Studio, and Birthday Center.
The main offices will serve as more than just the nerve-center for all of the Friendship Circle and LifeTown programs; it will also provide job training and job opportunities for participants.
The LifeTown experience will not be limited to the different rooms and activity areas as the walls will make walking through LifeTown an experience itself.
WAYFINDINGS: Navigating through LifeTown will be a unique experience with colorful stripes leading participants from the map to a specific room. Once at the room, the stripes will “come to life” with a decorative design that indicates which activities can be found in that space. This unique concept is being designed to make navigation an intuitive experience for people with special needs.
DONOR WALL: The unique design of the donor wall will match the overall theme of the way-findings. A recessed, cubby space behind each individual plaque will provide a spot for a personalized memory book that will tell the story of the person the donor is memorializing or honoring with their contribution.
LIVING MEMORIAL: A memorial to the 1.2 million children lost during the Holocaust will be inspired by the Children’s Memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. The interactive display will educate visitors to LifeTown about the bravery, devotion and faith displayed during the Holocaust. Visitors will then be able to “pledge” to do a mitzvah in memory of a child. A mitzvah, good deed, is compared to a flame and the goal is to relight a candle for each child lost.
ALPHABET WALL: This vibrant display will teach the alphabet in many “languages,” including braille, ASL, English, Hebrew and Mandarin. The idea is to demonstrate how we all communicate the same message but in different forms and modes of communication.
ART: A universal message of hope will be portrayed in a collage created with the help of Friendship Circle participants. Each person will create a tile, which, when combined together, will create a full and complete picture. There will also be an interchangeable art display where new art created by FC and LifeTown participants will be displayed.
SENSORY WALL: More than just a block of color, these walls are designed with interactive sensory wall panels will provide therapeutic fun and engage the senses with color, texture and design. There’ll be no calls to take your hands off the walls in this space as the sensory walls will be all about exploration, engagement and learning fun.