With the warmer weather finally arriving, our sensory garden should be fully installed by the end of April. Construction on it has begun! When completed, the sensory garden will be around our labrynth in the park for guests to enjoy.
Musical pieces are also being installed soon. These will go in the playground area and will be accessible by all!
A new art installation will be available to the public once the sensory garden is complete. The Fairy and Troll Doors will be on display around the wooded area in the playground. It will be a magical and enchanting art piece. Many local artists have created their own doors to be around the trees. Each door will be unique to the artist.
The Fraser First Booster Club has installed The Peace Totem Project art installation to the Sensory Garden Path. The totems were made by local artists who donated their time and effort to create these beautiful pieces.
Soon, the Sensory Garden will have planter boxes installed so we are able to add plants and flowers to them. The path in the garden is wheelchair accessible, so everyone can enjoy it.
The Global Motion Climber has been a huge hit with kids and adults alike. Thank you to all of the donors who made that possible!
Keep checking back for more updates at McKinley Barrier-Free Park.
In this unprecedented time, while we all stay safe at home, something big has happened at McKinley Barrier-Free Park. The Global Motion has been installed! While the playground is still closed to the public, this new equipment is being fenced off for the safety of all. The pour and play also still needs to be put in, and we expect that to happen in the coming weeks. This Global Motion is all thanks to generous donors!
As we wait for the playgrounds to be safe again, the Fraser First Booster Club is still taking donations for Phase 3 of McKinley Barrier-Free Park. Whether online, or by mail, monetary donations are always welcomed!
Fraser First Booster Club is also still selling engraved bricks for the Walk of Fame in McKinley Barrier-Free Park. The brick forms can be downloaded at www.fraserfirst.com. This is a beautiful way to pay tribute to a loved one, all while giving back to the community.
We have been lucky with the weather this winter. We were able to have the Sensory Garden path poured right before the ground started to freeze. Once Spring hits, we will be adding the plants, flowers, rain barrels, and other items to complete the garden for public use.
Also ordered were the musical pieces that will go in the play area, and a peaceful musical piece to be added to the Sensory Garden. These will also be installed in the spring time.
Moving forward, we are now fundraising for the climbers! Climbers will be a great addition to McKinley Barrier-Free Park. Not only will they be accessible, they will provide entertainment for the older kids who need a place to release their energy. Our hope is to get climbers in this year as well.
Stay tuned for more great updates for the McKinley Barrier-Free Park in Fraser, Michigan!
The Fraser First Booster Club was awarded a $10,000 grant by the DTE Energy Foundation for our soon-to-be sensory garden! This is a huge step towards complete Phase 3 of McKinley Barrier-Free Park.
The FFBC board has met with landscapers, DPW, the Fraser Parks and Recreation Director, and others to plan out the sensory garden. Our hope was to get the layout in the ground before winter, but winter has come a little early.
By the springtime, we hope to have the entire sensory garden in. It will include a labrynth-style path that will be wide enough for wheelchairs to use, and plants and flowers to stimulate the senses.
There will also be fun musical pieces added for everyone to enjoy throughout the year!
FFBC is currently applying for other grants in order to complete the McKinley Barrier-Free Park. We are still actively looking for donations and sponsorships to help us along the way.
As always, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has made this vision a reality.
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