Sheridan Playground Project

Funding and building a new playground

The Sheridan playground project is a joint effort between Sheridan Preparatory Academy (SPA) and Albany UU. Albany UU members have been volunteering at SPA for the last four years, assisting in classrooms, chaperoning field trips, and providing other assistance as needed. Our congregation’s involvement with SPA reflects our commitment to making a difference in the lives of children and families in the City of Albany. When the SPA principal and teachers identified the need for new playground equipment, our Board of Trustees committed to serving as their not-for-profit partner to raise the necessary funds and pro bono help to renovate the existing playground site and provide and erect new playground equipment. Individual Albany UU members and friends have contributed more than $18,000 toward this project and the Endowment Trust has contributed another $5,000. A committee of Albany UU members and SPA staff identified objectives for the playground and raised funds. We raised sufficient funds for two sets of play equipment: A larger set for children ages five to twelve, to replace the existing equipment, and a small set specifically for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. On October 7th and 8th, more than 130 volunteers, including Albany UU members and friends, Sheridan staff and families, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, and UAlbany’s Project U worked together to install the new equipment! Click the sidebar links for details, news, and photos.

More than $55,000 raised

For the list of donors and amounts donated, click the link in the sidebar. We need to raise about $1,000 more to complete the first phase of  the playground, including fencing. We are continuing to raise up to $5,500 more for additional equipment.

How you can help

To donate to the project, send a check to

First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
405 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206

with Sheridan Playground Project in the memo line.