Seniors get play time too


St. Paul’s Plaza in Chula Vista has the county’s first intergenerational playground.

St. Paul’s Plaza in Otay Ranch installed the outdoor activity center — created for adults and children — last month. The playground focuses on safe and fun exercise for older adults while providing a space for children to play.

Ronn Ellenrich, the general manager at St. Paul’s Plaza, said the organization is always looking for ways to improve senior health and well-being, and the activity center allows generations of families to exercise and socialize together.

Aside from offering physical therapy, the playground also provides a social space where seniors can interact with others who can relate to their situation. With some equipment designed for more than one person, it creates an environment for working together and building friendships, helpful in keeping seniors from becoming isolated, lonely and depressed.

The playground offers a slide, bridge and several exercise stations.