All Sensory Trail Official Opening and Ribbon Cutting at Lake Waterford Park
Annapolis, MD - The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks’ Youth Conservation Corps completed a very special project at Lake Waterford Park during this past summer.
“The All Sensory Trail adds another unique element to Lake Waterford Park” said Executive Neuman. “I am proud of the collaborative effort between The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Youth Conservation Corps and the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office for providing an opportunity for participants of all abilities to stimulate their senses as they walk along the .31 mile paved trail.”
The group of eleven youth volunteers, led by a student volunteer from Anne Arundel Community College, installed an All Sensory Trail. A guide rope directs vision impaired participants around the triangular trail and gives them an opportunity to interact with nature in a way they may not have previously experienced. There are informational English and Braille signs along the trail which provide both the visually impaired and sighted participants to learn more about the natural elements in the park. Along the trail, an olfactory and tactile garden offers wonderful scents from a variety of flowers, herbs and textured plants. A signature feature of the trail is the six foot tall bamboo wind chime which can stimulate hearing and touch.
Lake Waterford Park was chosen for the trail location because the park is home to Freedom Field, an adaptive and accessible recreation multipurpose field that hosts many of Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks’ adaptive sports programs. Adding another adaptive feature to the park, such as an All Sensory Trail, seemed like a perfect fit.
The official opening and ribbon cutting for the All Sensory Trail will take place on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 11:30 am on the trail at Lake Waterford Park, 830 Pasadena Road, Pasadena, MD 21122