While you're taking a stroll along the walk path at Spears Park near Northern Avenue and Manor Drive, you can read a book along the way.
Through a Kellogg Grant from Friends of the Dodge City Public Library, the Interagency Coordinating Council and Friends of Kansas Libraries, the story walk was installed by the Dodge City Public Library and parks and recreation.
While walking the path, a children's story has been installed for families to enjoy at different spots along the path. You read the book as you move further down.
"Rozanna Bennett, DCPL children's services coordinator, began working on this project in 2016," said library director Brandon Hines.
"The stories will be rotated every 2-3 months. The current story, Duck on a Bike, is written by David Shannon.
"It's kind of a place holder until we can get the book we had reserved for our first story to be deployed in conjunction with a dedication event."
The library staff constructed the 17 displays for the book that were installed by parks and recreation last week. "A number of other communities have story walks, but we have not seen another design like the displays we built," Hines said.
"Spears Park was selected because of the quality of the walking trail going through the park, the adjoining playground equipment and the proximity to the nearby Childhood Development Center at DCCC.
"Daniel Cecil, city of Dodge City assistant director of public buildings and lands, and Mellissa McCoy, city of Dodge City project development coordinator, were instrumental in planning and execution of this project.
"Frank Shipps, DCPL maintenance supervisor, and Rozanna Bennett, put in extensive hours planning and constructing the displays as well." There are no plans to design another story walk at this time.
There will be a ribbon cutting held on Sept. 30 officially welcoming the story walk to the community.
It will begin at 10 a.m.
"A new story will be displayed and staff will coordinate several fun activities," said Hines. "This will be a great way to engage in literacy and a healthy activity. The story walks are conveniently located and set-up to be viewed by toddlers through adults.
"We hope families enjoy the story walk for years to come."
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