Walnut Grove City Council Approves United Way Born Learning Trail Installation

The Walnut Grove City Park will be the newest site of a United Way Born Learning Trail.  Education and Volunteer Services Coordinator, Sarah Warner, recently presented to the Walnut Grove City Council on the benefits of installing a Born Learning Trail. City Council members saw value in the installation and made sidewalk space available for the trail. The Walnut Grove City Park will be the 8th Born Learning Trail installed in the United Way of Southwest Minnesota (UWSWMN) service area. 

Warner will work with the City Council on preparations and installation of the trail, which will be scheduled for summer of 2017. Thank you to the City of Walnut Grove for allowing UWSWMN to use your park and bring this opportunity to the community of Walnut Grove. UWSWMN will be looking for local volunteers to assist with the installation.

The City Park is located on Main Street/8th Street in Walnut Grove.   The trail will be along the sidewalk that runs through the middle of the park near the playground equipment and tennis court.  This is an ideal location as it is an area that is already well used by children and families and it enhances the play space at the park.

Born Learning Trails are an easy and fun way for parents, grandparents and caregivers to use our outside environment to assist in learning necessary skills to make them successful in school. The series of 10 signs are designed to assist in adult and child interaction to boost language and literacy development and support early learning in every day moments. Other United Way Born Learning Trail sites include: Lake Park in Cottonwood, City Park in Currie, City Park in Fulda, Rice Park in Granite Falls, Veteran's Memorial Park in Hendricks and Heinz Park in Lake Wilson. Plans to install a trail in Balaton this spring are underway, and a portable Born Learning Trail is also available for use at events.

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. LIVE UNITED®. For additional information, contact United Way of Southwest Minnesota at 507-929-2273 or log onto www.UnitedWaySWMN.org.

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