Join the Children’s PlayGarden, a nonprofit partner of Seattle Parks and Recreation, to celebrate the dedication of artist Trimpin’s Bongobenny Quintet, a musical fence. The event takes place at the Playgarden in Colman Playground, 1740 23rd Ave. S, from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 17. It’s free for the whole family.
Guests will meet Trimpin, a world-renowned sound artist and pioneer in the field of computer-programmed instruments and “sound sculptures,” enjoy a special performance by the PlayGarden Children’s Choir, and splash in the water feature, explore the gardens and play spaces, and hang out with the bunnies, chickens and geese.
The PlayGarden came about as the result of a collaboration between Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Children’s Playgarden to build a park that offers facilities, features and programs for children with special needs. It took some time, but the result is a beautiful park that offers gardening spaces, specialized butterfly and herb gardens, accessible play equipment, a basketball court, and climbing mounds. The park development, funded by the Parks and Green Spaces Levy, also included renovation of the existing Shelterhouse and a new 1,400-square-foot Garden House.
The Children’s PlayGarden opened a preschool in fall 2010, and offers school-break and summer camps, play dates, classes, and celebrations such as the Earth Day event in April, Summer Barbecue in August, and Harvest Festival in October. All programs integrate children with special needs with typically developing children. Programs are often multi-age, to maximize the opportunity for siblings and friends to attend together. For more information on programs, please go to http://www.childrensplaygarden.org/html/programs.html.