Taltree Opens New Playground – Equipment made possible by anonymous donor

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Published on August 17, 2016 with No Comments

Playground Dedication 2016 7: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Camp Quercus campers were the first to use newly donated train-themed playground equipment near the nonprofit’s Railway Garden during last week’s grand opening.

Children can now hop aboard for active play when visiting Taltree thanks to a generous donation of train-themed playground equipment in the nonprofit’s Railway Garden.

The two-piece playground features climbing and crawling features, a slide, pretend play and more.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, contributed $13,000 for the project, the bulk of which was used for the equipment. Remaining funds were used to landscaping, future maintenance and benches to be added at a later date.

Playground Dedication 2016 4: Kayla Novath, 10, of Valparaiso peeks out of newly donated train-themed playground equipment at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens during the grand opening of the playground last week.

“The donor had never visited Taltree but found us online,” Executive Director Stephanie Blackstock said. “After talking with his family, he learned his grandkids visit Taltree and he wanted to help create something they could play on and enjoy.”

After learning about Taltree’s Railway Garden on www.taltree.org, he decided on a train-themed playground children could explore and use for active play.

Taltree hosted a grand opening of the playground on July 15 with participants in the nonprofit’s Camp Quercus day camps and their families. The children, ranging in age from 6-12, were first to use the equipment before it opened to the public.

Jessica Clond of Valparaiso attended the grand opening with her 6-year-old daughter, Julia. Julia is attending four weeks of Taltree’s Camp Quercus.

“It’s wonderful,” Clond said. “It’s beautiful, very special. I’ve never seen a train playground before. We live kind of out in the country and don’t have playgrounds nearby. This is very nice for the entire community, just a very nice addition.”

Taltree’s grounds and horticulture teams worked for weeks planning for the new equipment, installing it and planting the flower beds around it. The Camp Quercus children made a thank you card for the staff, who were onhand for the grand opening, in gratitude for their work in preparing the playground.

About Taltree

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is a 330-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies with more than 6 miles of hiking trails. Taltree is open year round and offers a wide variety of events and classes for all ages. Proceeds received by the nonprofit organization power its conservation, restoration and education initiatives.

For more information about Taltree and upcoming programs, visit www.taltree.org.


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