The amenities at Lundeen Park in Lake Stevens continue to grow with the addition of the Born Learning Trail which encourages parents to play and connect with their children.
At last week’s ribbon cutting ceremony and Tales and Trails party, families were able to enjoy the songs, puppetry and juggling of family entertainer, Linda Severt while celebrating the Lake Stevens Education Foundation’s partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.
The Born Learning Trail adds to the family fun that Lundeen Park already offers with two separate playgrounds, beautiful waterfront and beach access and room to run and explore.
“The Born Learning Trail project is another great example of our citizens, civic groups and local government working together in partnership. The Born Learning Trail has greatly enhanced the existing tot playground and encourages families to participate in fun activities that embrace literacy and physical action,” Scotty Swift, Community Programs Planner for the City of Lake Stevens said.
What exactly is the Born Learning Trail?
“The Born Learning Trail is an outdoor learning trail that provides a fun, easy way for Lake Stevens’ parents and caregivers to use outings to build learning critical for school readiness,” Debe Franz, Executive Director of the Lake Stevens Education Foundation said. “A series of signs offering educational games, guides adults on specific ways to create learning games outdoors and suggests tips to use at home.”
The trail offers a wheelchair accessible sidewalk, which was installed by several community organizations within the Lake Stevens community.
“The new ADA accessible sidewalk around Sirita’s Playground, was installed through the combined efforts of Lake Stevens Education Foundation, Rotary Club of Lake Stevens/Granite Falls, Lake Stevens Lions Club, Lake Stevens Kiwanis Club, City of Lake Stevens Public Works Department, Sno-Isle Libraries & Friends of the Lake Stevens Library, and United Way of Snohomish County,” Franz said.
Expenses were paid for by a Rotary grant from District 5050 and the local Rotary Club, as well as in-kind donations from United Way, the City, and Friends of the Library.
Children were also given free books and the opportunity to sign-up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program which offers a free book each month for children 0-5 years old. The books are mailed to their homes.
All children birth to five-years-old living within the Lake Stevens School District are eligible to participate and can register by contacting Leslie Elsemore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Special thanks to Debe Franz, all of the volunteers, and the civic groups and organizations who made the Born Learning Trail project and grand opening celebration a great success,” Swift said.