KELLER — "Pockets of play" with whimsical themes and unique designs could soon be created along the Big Bear Creek Greenbelt.During a recent pre-council meeting, Dona Roth Kinney, director of parks and recreation, and designer Any Perez of LE Creative Studio, gave council members an overview of the Pathways of Play Masterplan.Kinney said about a year ago, a benefactor approached the department with a challenge to create something new and different."Something that would be both educational, interactive, healthy and encourage people to get out and be active but also learn something," Kinney said. "We’ve been working with Any Perez since November to come up with a concept."Perez showed council members examples of her work and discussed her vision for the Keller project, which if approved and funded will place 10 play stations along Big Bear Creek Greenbelt from Keller Smithfield Activity Node to Rufe Snow Drive.Unlike typical playgrounds where parents sit on a bench and watch, these play stations will be designed in include everyone in the activities and entice families to walk or bike down the trail and discover what’s next.Each play station will contain an anamorphic sculpture, an interactive flooring and signage with information or clues about different countries. Information on the signs will change periodically to keep people coming back for more fun.An interactive scavenger hunt will be included with clues to send families on various adventures."I wanted to bring a global awareness to the city of Keller and the community," Perez said.Kinney said the project was presented to the Parks and Recreation and Art boards a few weeks ago."There was a unanimous consensus among both boards to move forward with the project," she said.Total cost for the project is about $1 million, Kinney said."We have a benefactor that has come forward with $190,000," she said. "That gives us two stations and one sculpture."Kinney said if the concept is something that council likes, the board will get donations for the second sculpture, which will cost $27,000. Having two stations in place for a visual could help get donations to fund more stations."Hopefully that will create the momentum to be able to go out and seek sponsorships for the other stations," she said.Depending on funding, the project could be complete in two or three years.Kinney said the item will be on the council agenda during the April 16 meeting.
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