Two New Play Spaces Open in Greensboro
Learning through play in the Triad.
The site of Kiwanis Nature Play Yard at Ole Asheboro Park, Greensboro
Image courtesy of Greensboro Parks and Recreation
Kiwanis Nature Play Yard
Greensboro Parks and Recreation is hosting a grand opening and ribbon cutting event for the Kiwanis Nature Play Yard at Ole Asheboro Park on Saturday, October 22. The Nature Play Yard was made possible by a generous donation from the Greensboro Kiwanis Club in partnership with the Friends of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Foundation.
The playground was built with $30,000 of financial support from the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro. The nature play yard offers children a chance to engage with natural elements and wooden play structures, some of which were built by Parks and Recreation staff. It was designed by the Natural Learning Initiative, a program of NC State University’s College of Design. The first of its kind in Greensboro, the nature play yard will offer unique opportunities for children throughout the community and in the surrounding neighborhood to engage with natural elements and play structures in a safe and creative environment.
“Experts agree that children need access to nature the same way they need good nutrition and adequate sleep,” says Vonda Martin, city park planner. “Our project will help restore children’s relationship with nature by bringing back outdoor play on natural elements. This facility will be the first of its kind in Greensboro and is intended to be a demonstration model for the City and region.”
The park is located between the Union Square Campus and the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and is part of the Ole Asheboro redevelopment area. Parking for the event will be available in the lot off E. Bragg St. at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 408 Martin Luther King Drive.
Residents are invited to the grand opening and dedication ceremony for the newest Declan’s Playground at Lindley Park on Sunday, October 23. Light refreshments will be served. The ribbon cutting will take place at 3 p.m. The playground was built in partnership with the Friends of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Foundation and The Declan Donoghue Foundation, run by Nicole and Rich Donoghue in honor of their son, who died at two years old of a rare immune disorder.
"Play. It's essential to the human spirit. It's how we experience and enjoy the world and the people around us. Nowhere is this more apparent than the pure, happy and uninhibited play of children," The Declan Donoghue Foundation.
The Declan Donoghue Foundation is dedicated to building places to play throughout the Piedmont Triad. This is the second Declan’s Playground in Greensboro. The first was built at Griffin Park and Recreation Center in 2014.
For more information about the foundation, visit declansfoundation.org.
About Greensboro Parks and Recreation
The Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department exists to provide professional and diverse leisure opportunities through inclusive programs, facilities, parks and open space, ensuring that Greensboro is a desirable place to work, live and play. Visit Greensboro Parks and Recreation online at greensboro-nc.gov.