New playscape at Kennedy Park is ready for action
6 Jun 2017
The natural playscape at John F. Kennedy Memorial Park is ready for action.
Friends of Webster County Conservation were putting the finishing touches on the new playground Monday afternoon as about 30 people gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The ribbon-cutting signaled the beginning of a new opportunity for kids to connect with nature, according to Matt Cosgrove, Webster County Conservation director.
“The playscape concept comes from the nature deficit disorder,” Cosgrove said. “Kids are not playing outside as much as when we were younger.”
The playscape is located west of the Heun Shelter where the road bends south, just north of the existing, traditional playground. It’s part of a larger plan for the area that juts out into the lake, which will be called Discovery Point.
“We are encouraging our children to get outside and connect with nature by natural materials because we have learned if you don’t love something, you don’t take care of it,” Cosgrove added. “So the plan is to get kids connected.”
A tree house, rock climbing wall, and sandbox are just some of the features that have been added to the park.
The tree house bears the name Katie Lunn Treehouse, in memory of Katie Lunn, who died in a train accident in 2010.
Cosgrove said the project is part of the county’s environmental education programming.