More on the Playground Renovation

The playground, designed and built by Designscapes Colorado with input from the preschool, is a modern, thoughtful, and safe outdoor playspace for all children of all abilities featuring music walls, mud kitchens, garden boxes, green spaces, sandboxes, swings, logs and rocks for climbing, and so much more. The new playground is inspired by nature and encourages active, imaginative play.

“The children and teachers are thrilled with the changes and cannot wait for playground time each morning,” said Debbie Foster, the preschool’s director of administration and teacher in the 3-year-old classroom. “The space is both full of exciting things to do and also offers plenty of open creative space for the kids to use their imaginations.”

The fundraising efforts took place over a three-year period and, spearheaded by Preschool Board President Sarah Raphaely, the preschool raised over $205,000 donated by parents, BMH-BJ congregants, community members, and major organizations and foundations including The Buell Foundation, Qualistar, MB Glassman Foundation and Rose Medical Center.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with how this turned out. Designscapes Colorado was incredible to work with throughout the entire project, and seeing the kids’ faces and hearing their excitement as they played on the playground for the first time made the amount of time and energy we put into this for the past three years completely worth it,” said Preschool Board President Sarah Raphaely. “We are so grateful for the support we received from our parents, the synagogue, the Denver community and the generous foundations who made this possible.”


“The energy feels fresh,” said pre-K teacher Saba Nizami. “To see children learn through play in a space that is designed to challenge their development is a place where great wonders happen.”

To donate funds to support the purchase of toys and supplies, as well as playground upkeep, please email, or contact BMH-BJ Preschool Board President Sarah Raphaely at 303-522-8583 or

Donations of $450 and more made by individuals qualify for the Colorado Child Care Credit; tuition doesn’t count. Taxpayers that make a qualifying monetary contribution to promote child care in Colorado may claim an income tax credit of 50% of the total qualifying contribution.