Photo Gallery | Overton Park installs outdoor reading trail
Not everyone is coordinated enough to walk and read at the same time, but Overton Park's newest project makes it easy to read while in action.
Several wooden posts with a book page attached to each now line the quarter-mile trail surrounding East Parkway Playground. The pages are from Mem Fox’s book “Whoever You Are”.
In order to finish the story, children will have to walk the trail.
The story will occasionally change to provide a new experience for frequent visitors to the playground.
Overton Park's effort is a part of the national campaign The StoryWalk Project. Eagle Scout candidate John Robert Leake, with assistance from the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, spearheaded the installation of StoryWalk in Overton Park.
"We were excited to partner with the library and with John Robert on this project, because the opportunity to combine outdoor recreation and reading is so unique. The many kids who enjoy East Parkway Playground now have something else to look forward to on their visits," said Overton Park Director of Communications Melissa McMasters.
The outdoor reading activities at the iconic Midtown park does not stop there.
Birdhouse sized cases serving as tiny public libraries will soon be installed to East Parkway Playground and Rainbow Lake Playground.
Midtown Cub Scout Pack 13 built both Little Free Library cases.
Kim Guleff, who also owns her own Little Free Library, is one of the mothers in the Cub Scout Pack.
Guleff is happy to promote literacy in the Mid-South, and provide books for those who may not be able to afford them.
"When I saw it, I was like, it’s such a great idea. It’s so cute and so important to [the] community," she said.
Books from Birth will stock the libraries.
An official dedication ceremony for StoryWalk will be held on Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m. Mayor A C Wharton will give remarks. John Robert and his Scoutmaster will talk about what inspired the project. The Boy Scouts will also bring a Color Guard for the festivities. This event is free and open to the public.