By Joplin James
Residents may have noticed the removal of the dilapidated Davis Park playground across from the Shelburne Community School but were not aware that the Rec Committee has been busy on a plan to replace it with a natural playground this summer. This Sunday, the Second Annual Shelburne Fool’s Flop will support the project. Sponsored volunteers will plunge into the icy water at 1 pm on Sunday, April 7 at the Shelburne Town Beach for this great cause.
Natural playgrounds are created by using elements like logs, rocks, and landscaped earth. Conventional playgrounds use pre-manufactured steel and plastic equipment, and each structure has definite, limited uses. In contrast, natural playgrounds enable the type of play most important to younger children: imaginative social and constructive play. Natural playgrounds encourage children to be creative while simultaneously experiencing the smells, textures, and wonders of the natural world.
Shelburne residents are encouraged to support this exciting project online at www.Inlu.com/Foolsflop2013 or sponsor a volunteer, take the plunge yourself, or just come to the beach and cheer on the fools.