The original Jonathan's Dream, inspired by the Barzach family of West Hartford and built in 1996 as the first Boundless Playground, created an inclusive, accessible play space for families and children of all abilities. The new Jonathan's Dream will extend this legacy with an engaging playground that keeps children of all ages and abilities active and moving. Help make this "reimagined" dream a reality!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Coach Kevin Ollie Gives Kids With Disabilities a Shot

$50,000 Gift from Coach Ollie gets ball rolling for new “inclusive” basketball court at Jonathan’s Dream Reimagined

West Hartford, Conn. (Dec. 26, 2014)—With Coach Kevin Ollie looking on, 20-year old Jamie Rowland, who has Down’s syndrome and six-year old West Hartford first grader Sofie Turek, who has neurogenetic disorder, took the shots of their lives. Swish. Swish.

A third swish came from Coach Ollie as he announced at a Friday ceremony at the Mandell Jewish Community Center that his charity Kevin Ollie Charity Classic is donating $50,000 to build “Kevin’s Kourt at Jonathan’s Dream Reimagined”.

Monday, August 18, 2014

LGH Summer Nexus Students Raise $1400 Towards Jonathan's Dream Reimagined

Fifteen students from thirteen area high schools participated in the August session of Summer Nexus 2014. Summer Nexus is Leadership Greater Hartford's week-long leadership program for urban and suburban high school students that fosters connections and community involvement through interactive workshops and service learning activities.This latest session launched with an overnight retreat at Trinity College where the teens got to know one another through teambuilding activities.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Inclusive Features of Jonathan’s Dream Reimagined

Jonathan’s Dream was and is designed to be a place where children and people of all ages and all abilities can celebrate life together. When the original Jonathan’s Dream was designed, it was considered ‘wheelchair accessible’ and intergenerational, one of the first playgrounds of its kind in the country.  Jonathan’s Dream Reimagined will also be ‘wheelchair accessible’ and intergenerational but it will be so much more as you will see below.  Although every child will not be able to do everything (play activities designed for children with specific disabilities may not be usable by children with other disabilities), every child will be able to do many things throughout the playground.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Kickoff Event Planned For Sunday, July 27th. Noon – 3pm

Jonathan Barzach may have lost his battle with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in January 1995, but his legacy continues to inspire hope for children and families, with and without disabilities, twenty years after his death.  

The Kickoff Event for Jonathan’s Dream Re-Imagined will be held on Sunday, July 27th, from 12:00 to 3:00 pm at the Mandell Jewish Community Center, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue in West Hartford.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jonathan's Brother Gives Back

Michael Barzach, Jonathan's brother, is not new to creating community opportunities, yet he spent the last week of June participating in Leadership Greater Hartford's Summer Nexus program, a program for urban and suburban youths, in grades 10-12, that fosters community involvement through interactive workshops and service learning activities.  Click here to view the full West Hartford Press article.

Friday, May 16, 2014

The Story Behind the Logo

Story by Julia Forneris:
A good logo will not simply grab a person’s attention – though it should do that as well – it visually represents the essence of the organization. Almost two decades ago, Amy Barzach worked to infuse meaning into the star-and-rainbow logo, designed by Amy Schwartz Charlson of Chicago, the niece of West Hartford's Joyce Mandell.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Taskforce Announced to Rebuild Jonathan's Dream

Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) has convened a taskforce of alumni from its Quest and Third Age Initiative programs to help rebuild Jonathan's Dream II, a Boundless Playground. This fully accessible playground was located at the Mandell Jewish Community Center (JCC) in West Hartford, CT and built to commemorate Jonathan Barzach, the nine-month-old son of Amy and Peter Barzach who died in 1995 of spinal muscular atrophy -- a condition that, had he lived, would have confined him to a wheelchair. The anniversary of Jonathan's 20th birthday is April 1, 2014.