One of the great features of Depot Park is its on-site childcare, First Steps, which serves children in the outside community while maintaining availability for children whose parents work at one of the many businesses within Depot Park. The service is run by Saint John’s, a charity that also runs Depot Park’s Plates Café. When the childcare service was on the brink of shutting down in late 2010, they stepped forward and took over the center, giving it a new look and offering continuing care to the families who had already been using it. The childcare service has many attractions, one of which is its security within the guarded premises of the park. Anyone wishing to access the childcare center must go through one of the park’s gates as well as the gates of the center itself.
Saint John’s, which has run the center since April 2011, is a shelter for homeless women and children. Depot Park and Saint John’s have had a mutually beneficial relationship for years, as is evident in both the childcare center and in Plates Café. Plates Café, as you may already have heard, is not only a restaurant serving delicious lunches but also a program for helping disadvantaged women acquire skills in the food and hospitality industries. The childcare service enables parents to support their families while working at Depot Park, knowing their children are safe and well cared for. Depot Park ownership is pleased to offer this amenity, not only because of the service rendered to businesses and their employees, but also as a way to make a positive difference in the community.