Saturday, January 17, 2009

Common Ground Park

Common Ground Park is a park for children of ALL abilities. This park opened at 3:00pm yesterday after being under construction for approximately 1 year, and a cost of $1.9 million. We were there for the grand opening. It was so exciting! The park has a butterfly theme, and $585,000 were raised for the park from a butterfly sculpture auction. You'll see some of the butterflies in the pictures below. Several companies donated funds and services for this project.

Bailey is so excited. A park for her!

It was hard keeping up with Aubrey. There is just so much to do.

This sandbox is huge! Next to it is a rock wall. Not your typical rock wall, I'll have to post pictures of it later when we visit again. There were just too many people there, so I couldn't get all the pictures I wanted.

The park is designed with different levels of difficulty. A map is located at the entrance. The map shows all areas of the park and the levels of difficulty at each area. They also have recordings at the map that tell you about the park and the name each area and level of difficulty. The tunnels above are large enough for children with wheelchairs to get through.

American Sign Language

Picnic tables for the kiddos. This area is also has music playing. When we were here it was playing Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes!

This is a music area.

She loves it!

The park is only 10 minutes from our house! We plan to visit again over the next few days. Hopefully it will be less crowded, and warmer! I'll get more pictures to show then.