Cabin Fever opens in down­town Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL - By NATE NKUMBU [email protected]­pub.com

CAM­BRIDGE — A new busi­ness opened in down­town Cam­bridge and it is of­fer­ing fam­i­lies and kids a safe and fun place to en­joy.

The Dorch­ester County Cham­ber of Com­merce hosted a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony Fri­day, July 6, to open Cabin Fever Play Cen­ter at 442 Race Street.

The build­ing, which was con­structed with small chil­dren in mind can hold more 200 peo­ple and filed with ac­tiv­i­ties that kids can en­joy like ball pits, slides and jun­gle gyms.

For Jes­sica and Richard LaPerch, open­ing day was a dream­like ex­pe­ri­ence for them af­ter seven months of work.

“It’s sur­real. We lit­er­ally live here and were get­ting this ready and work­ing day and night for about 3 months,” Richard LaPerch said. “Ev­ery­thing came to­gether in the last three months, and we were hop­ing for a half­way de­cent turnout. The re­sponse that we’ve got­ten from peo­ple to come in has been over­whelm­ing.”

“It’s pretty cool be­cause it started off as a crazy idea — my crazy idea — be­cause I was a stay at-home-mom,” Jes­sica LaPerch said. “I was try­ing to find some­thing for our kids to do around here so it took me a while to get him on board but once he did, it was great. There’s such a need for Kid Friendly ac­tiv­i­ties here and we wanted to bring it to down­town.”

In the seven months they needed to build the cen­ter, they spent days wak­ing up early in the morn­ing to get the project done from get­ting the ma­te­rial for the build­ing and ren­o­vat­ing the build­ing, but both Jes­sica and Richard said, they got help from the com­mu­nity.

One mem­ber of the com­mu­nity that help them out dur­ing the build­ing process was Kevin Hill, owner of Hill-Him­mel con­tract­ing. Hill helped to re­store the build­ing and said that there are more plans for the city to re­store old build­ings back to their glory.

“Yes, there are plans to ren­o­vate more build­ings in the city,” he said. “In fact, the build­ing ad­ja­cent to Cabin Fever has plans to go through re­de­vel­op­ment and if you go around the cor­ner, the ten­ant spa­ces are go­ing to be re­de­vel­oped and re­de­fined for po­ten­tial use.”

Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce Pres­i­dent Bill Christo­pher said the own­ers re­pur­posed the old Sal­va­tion Army build­ing that burn down about five years ago.

“Most of these build­ing that have been his­tor­i­cally around for a long time and have re­ally nice ar­chi­tec­ture that’s as­so­ci­ated with them,” he said. “Reusing them is sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than tear­ing them down and re­build­ing them anew.”

Christo­pher said it is ben­e­fi­cial to the county that they re­new and ren­o­vate old build­ings as it save money and is more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing to res­i­dences and vis­i­tors of Cam­bridge.

For more in­for­ma­tion, you can con­tact the Cabin Fever at 410-228-2122 or at their web­site at cab­in­fever­play­cen­ter.com

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Chil­dren take a ride down the slide at Cabin Fever in down­town Cam­bridge Fri­day, July 6.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Cabin Fever own­ers Jes­sica and Richard LaPerch, left, cut the rib­bon to open the new down­town Cam­bridge play cen­ter Fri­day, July 6.

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