Butterfly Meadows had a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony dedicating a new Addition titled “StoryWalk” at Butterfly Meadows. Author Kristina Cherep led the very first walk and read aloud her new book, “My Rainbow of Emotions,” which is now on display at the park and open to the public. This project is provided by a partnership among Valpo Parks, the Porter County Public Library System and the John W. Anderson Foundation.
The walk features a series of enlarged and laminated pages of a children’s book along a pathway that includes play areas and natural prairie grasses. Park Superintendent, John Seibert, said partnerships are common to local parks.
Park Superintendent, Seibert, stated that “Partnerships are how we’re able to do all this for the community,” Seibert said, calling the walk a ”wonderful combination outdoor experience, fun and learning.”
Butterfly Meadows already features a shelter funded by several groups. In addition, Seibert said, United Way of Northwest Indiana partnered on the Learning Trail; Sunrise Kiwanis assisted with “magical music” stations; and Tri Kappa partnered on a nearby gazebo.
Director of the Porter County Public Library System, Jesse Butz, added that the walk combines the library experience with “getting kids outside.” Butz also said about 20 more of these walks are planned around the area. Library staff, he added, prepared each page image along the walk, with a different book planned for each quarter. Each color represents a different emotion.
Butterfly Meadows is located with the Park Headquarters at 3210 N Campbell Street, Valparaiso Indiana which is also close to Northview School and Early Learning Day Care Center. Restrooms are available, a drinking fountain and a two-mile paved trail connects to Rogers-Lakewood Park. Valparaiso Parks Department can be reached by calling 219-464-8332 or by visiting valpoparks.org.
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