BB&T Donation to Fund Swing, Slide, Other Features
(COVINGTON, KY) – In just a few months, local children will be able to uncover “prehistoric” fossils, float down a river on a flatboat and zip on a cruise line swing. It’s all part of NaturePlay@BCM, an innovative, nature-oriented playspace at Behringer-Crawford Museum (BCM), scheduled to open to the public in June.
Groundbreaking for NaturePlay@BCM took place last August. In the past six months, a grassy hillside behind BCM has been turned into an enclosed adventure zone, with winding paths imprinted with animal tracks, dig pits, kid-height sensory tables for quiet time-outs and even a climbable replica of a trilobite, an extinct fossil arthropod.
The first stages of the project, a collaboration between BCM and The Devou Good Project, were unveiled Tuesday at a community and media briefing at the museum. The event included the announcement of a $25,000 donation to the project by BB&T Bank. Bank officials also participated in a “roof-raising,” completing construction of a pint-sized pioneer log cabin.
Rebekah Gensler Butler, president of The Devou Good Project, a Covington nonprofit whose mission is to help other nonprofits bring their ideas to fruition, said there is much more to come, including a “Kentucky cave” crawling space, a tunnel built of native willow for kids to explore, a changeable pioneer garden with native fruits, vegetables and herbs, and dry creeks lined with local rock embedded with fossils for children to discover and study. “NaturePlay@BCM is all about giving kids the opportunity to explore and discover our past, present, and then look to our future, “she said.
In presenting a check to Behringer-Crawford Museum, BB&T Regional President Andy Hawking said, “BB&T’s mission statement is simple yet powerful. To make the world a better place to live. An element of the statement is our commitment to make the communities in which we work better places to be. BB&T’s support of NaturePlay@BCM reflects our beliefs that this innovative, natural play space will provide unique outdoor experiences for all our region’s children. We thank the Behringer Crawford Museum and the Devou Good Project for allowing us to partner with them on this unique playground.”
BCM Executive Director Laurie Risch said the bank’s donation will be used for completing the playground structures such as the cruise line, slide and giant trilobite. “NaturePlay@BCM will extend the museum’s educational offerings to the outdoors,” she said. “STEAM programming to meet classroom curriculum is currently under development. We can’t wait to introduce students to the world of nature, science and art.
NaturePlay@BCM was designed by POD Design and is being built by Triton Services, Inc. Its location in Covington, KY places it in the heart of the Greater Cincinnati area, easily accessible to local school districts and families, with educational programming being designed specifically for both groups. Pathways and major play features will be wheelchair accessible and there will be no admission charge.
For more information about NaturePlay@BCM go to http://www.natureplaybcm.org/