A ribbon cutting ceremony was held this morning for a new addition to the Clear Creek Trail, but it took several snips from the ceremonial scissors to get the kid friendly, born learning play path open. But once it was, dozens of families flooded the 300 foot addition to the Clear Creek Trail on Bloomington’s south side.
“It’s beautiful outside, and your always looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors and sometimes as a parent you can only think of so many activities on your own so its nice to be able to have some suggestions along the way,” said Melinda Humbert, who came today with her two daughters.
The collaboration between the United Way of Monroe County, Monroe Smart Start and Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department includes 10 play path stations with activities like hop scotch and suggestions, like exploring nature. It’s all aimed at building a child’s language and thinking skills.
“Talking to kids, playing with kids, pointing things out to kids and using really delicious language with them all the time helps them grow and learn,” said Barbara Horvath, a volunteer with the Monroe Smart Start Coalition.
The play path is part of United Way’s national Born Learning Initiative.
“We appreciate the communities support, we recognize that early childhood is a very critical time in a kids development, we also recognize that it is difficult to be the parent or caregiver of a young child, it doesn’t come with a manual,” said Barry Lessow, Executive Director for United Way of Monroe County.
The play path is open 5am to 11pm daily and is free to the public.