The new “climbing forest” play area features eight large tree-like posts, on which children can climb and step from tree to tree, plus five smaller trees for younger children to enjoy. It also includes signage that provides fun facts about the importance of trees in our environment.
This is the first in a series of small play areas, or play pockets, that the City of Urbandale plans to install along the trail system in Walnut Creek Regional Park. The play pockets are designed to help educate young children about nature and are strategically placed to encourage more trail use by families.
“By placing smaller play units along the trails, children and families are excited to explore the trail system to see what fun activity can be found around the next corner. It’s a great way to draw users to the trail, encourage environmental stewardship and promote family activity,” said Scott Hock, Assistant Director, Urbandale Parks and Recreation.
This project was funded in part by a grant from the Dallas County Foundation.
For more information on the play area or Walnut Creek Regional Park, please contact the Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department at 515.278.3963.