​The Hershey Play Garden

The Hershey Play Garden at Ames Family Hospice House provides children with an outlet to support spiritual and emotional wellness. Hospice of the Western Reserve is seeking additional donations in order to complete the next phase of the Hershey Play Garden, which will include a sculptural climbing feature.

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Designed and constructed by David Wells, the 5,000-sq.-ft. garden includes a decked area with a Koi pond, bridge and water sluice, playhouse, tunnels, massive sandbox and a “chalk garden.” Soft-needled evergreens and colorful perennials are included in the “hide and seek” garden as well as picnic tables, an old-fashioned tire swing and a family gathering area.

Help Us Grow Our Garden

The Play Garden has been created thanks to the generosity of several benefactors. The primary funders are The Hershey Foundation and The Sherwick Fund of the Cleveland Foundation. Also contributing were the UPS Foundation, the Feel-Good Foundation, the Maurer Family in loving memory of Gerald R. Maurer, the Ladies' Holiday Lunch Bunch, and numerous individuals. The Play Garden will continue to grow as the trees and plantings mature and become more established in the coming years. 

Naming opportunities are available. Please contact Bonnie Robbins at 216.383.5258 if you would like more information about supporting the Play Garden.