Seymour “Sound Garden”
We are excited to unveil to you the newest Downtown Beautification effort!
Seymour has recently become the home of the Whiteside Museum of Natural History showcasing the fossils found in Seymour and keeping them in Seymour. In it’s first year of operation, the museum welcomed more than 5,000 visitors. Across the street and in between the Seymour City Hall building and Seymour Volunteer Fire Department there is an undeveloped “Pocket Park” area. It is our goal to make an inviting place for locals and guests alike to rest, socialize, work, and play with a special emphasis on child development, special needs play, and handicap accessibility.
The feature of this park is the Freenotes Harmony Park sound equipment. Designed to enhance the physical and mental development through the exploration of sound, Freenotes are accessible to people with physical and developmental disabilities. “Only the simplest of motor skills are needed to activate pure harmonies ensuring success for all players. Providing gratifying musical experiences in public places builds confidence and self-esteem.” These musical instruments appeal to everyone, from young to old, whether they have a disability or not. A similar version of these instruments can be found at the Perot Museum in Dallas Texas. One of our goals is to entice those visiting the museum to enjoy some outside time together and allow their children to experience a new sensory form of play. Another goal is to encourage the local community to do the same and interact with the visitors.
Seymour is also home to the Randall Wellness Center (a mental health treatment program center for senior adults), multiple daycares, 1A School with special needs children, and a nursing home. All of these establishments can make use of the “Pocket Park” as a form of therapy or a fun field trip. The “Pocket Park” would supply a need in the community for handicap accessible outdoor play.
The sound equipment will also be accompanied by ample seating areas, tables, outdoor game tables, and plenty of area to walk, run, and play. We will also be offering this park as a free Wifi Hot Spot to encourage an outdoor office space and youth interaction. Specially designed tables will be incorporated to integrate handicap accessibility. We will also be introducing native landscaping and a water reclamation program to encourage local conservatism and to make the park a low-impact maintenance area. We will be able to promote this park as a conservation effort as well as adding to the quality of life to our community.
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