Board in favor of 'Born Learning Trail,' concerned about vandalism

Friday, April 10, 2009
Mary Yelton

The Brazil City Parks Board had a few guests at its regular monthly meeting, at Brazil City Hall, Wednesday.

Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center Coordinator Mary Yelton presented the "Born Learning Trail," to those in attendance.

"It is scientifically proven that early brain development begins at birth," Yelton said. "This trail would help to encourage and stimulate that growth."

The trail, which is part of the Success By Six program sponsored by The United Way, ensures children have the basic reading skills to be prepared for Kindergarten.

There are nine signs that can be placed anywhere in the park. Each sign has directions on it for the children and adults.

"At the LEAAP Center, we encourage, parent and children involvement," Yelton said. "This is the perfect opportunity to encourage that."

Alhough board members loved the idea, they had reservations.

"I think this is wonderful, it is for little kids and I believe we need more of that in the park," Treasurer Linda Messmer said. "My only concern is vandalism."

Two other parks (Indianapolis and Terre Haute) already have the trail installed and Yelton agreed to look into the response that has generated there.

The United Way of the Wabash Valley will purchase the signs, and the park board would only be responsible for the installation of the signs and the maintenance.

The issue was tabled until Yelton could return with more information.

The mowing contract between the board and Mullenix Lawn Service was signed. The contract has the addition of $20 per mow at Craig Park, which will start at the beginning of April and run through mid-fall.

In other business during Wednesday's meeting, the Brazil City Parks Board:

* Restrooms at all city parks are now open,

* The new disk golf course should be ready within 2 weeks, weather permitting,

* The old security car has been taken to Craig Park,

* Chris Reynolds, Forrest Sherer Insurance, discussed the drains at Forest Park Pool,

* Signs should be made to negate the 15 mph speed limit at Forest Park, and

* A no dumping trash and limbs signs at Craig Park.

A special session of the Brazil City Parks Board will be 10 a.m., Monday at City Hall.

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