Photo courtesy of Kids in Parks.
At last night’s pre-meeting workshop, the Gillette City Council and Mayor Louise Carter-King approved the allocation of $4,000 to the parks and beautification board to make McManamen Park the third location in Wyoming for Kids in Parks TRACK Trail program.
The citizen advisory board has already raised $4,000 of the total start-up cost of $8,000.
Board member Megan McManamen appeared before the governing body to give them an overview of what the program would look like.
A stand-alone kiosk will be placed near the entrance of the park, along with two to four self-guided adventure brochures designed for kids aged 6 to 13. Once a child completes the adventure, they can log their success online and win a variety of prizes.
McManamen said the board chose McManamen Park because of its location and unique wetland habitat. The Y.E.S. House and Boys and Girls Club have already expressed an interest in using the kiosk.
“I think the kids will love it,” said Carter-King. “And it is another reason for kids from other towns to come here and go through it.”
McManamen said the board will start work on the project right away with designing the kiosk and materials. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has offered to help with topics and content for the adventure brochures, which could include bird and reptile identification and a scavenger hunt.
The Kids in Parks program was developed to help kids ”unplug” and get physically active using parks that are already available. The other two TRACK Trails in Wyoming are located at Fort Laramie and Devil’s Tower.
The parks and beautification board is charged with making recommendations to the City concerning ongoing beautification projects and park policies.