Mud Pie Park close to completionPublished 11:04am Thursday, April 18, 2013
Every aspect of Mud Pie Adventure Park is almost completed, despite old man winter sticking around longer than usual this year.
“If our snow ever does do away, we are going to be able to finish the Mud Pie Park in May or early June,” said Jane Patrick, project coordinator.
When all is said and done, the total cost of the project, located at McKinley School, will be just shy of $100,000. Right now, they’re about $15,000 short. However, the project will be finished come summer. If all of the funding isn’t there, then the project will be scaled back accordingly, Patrick said. They are still seeking donations.
“We’re hoping that by the end of April, we would have enough dollars secured to complete it,” Patrick said. “We’re very close to securing the funds that we need for full completion for the park.”
The Outdoors Show last weekend was a fundraiser for the project, but the final amount of money raised from that event wasn’t known yet, according to Patrick, though it most likely wouldn’t be enough to surpass the needed amount.
An age-appropriate play area, an early childhood outdoor classroom/picnic shelter for the community and tricycle pathways have been completed throughout the park so far. Those pieces have been open for people to use.
“We’ve constructed the core pieces of the park and now it’s a matter of filling in the open areas,” Patrick said.
What’s left includes some of the finishing touches like trees, plants and garden areas. There are also plans for a story book nook, wind chime xylophone activity, sand play areas and a dramatic play stage area.
Even though the weather hasn’t exactly cooperated for spring-related activities, they haven’t pushed back anything with the project completion date yet. It’s still on track to be ready by June.
“I’m assuming the snow might go away by then,” Patrick said.
The project had it’s groundbreaking Sept. 22, 2011 and has been in the works since 2009. It’s a naturally developed park area designed to emphasize young children’s natural curiosity and connection with the world around them.
“It’s going to be a great outdoor, family-friendly early childhood play area that it doesn’t have to cost families a dime,” Patrick said. “We’re very excited about that. We look forward to rolling it our for the community.”