Monday, August 14, 2017
Families in the Enderis Park neighborhood have a new opportunity to play and learn thanks to the first Born Learning Trail in Milwaukee. The trail provides activity suggestions to enhance sensory and motor skills in children while sparking imagination. A ribbon cutting ceremony on July 25 officially opened the new installation and welcomed families to try the activities with their children.
The concept for the trail came from the national United Way organization, which installed the first trail in the country in 2005. With funding from Deloitte, the Enderis Park trail is the first in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department, which operates Enderis Park, was excited to provide a home for the trail.
“Children begin learning as soon as they are born,” said Lynn Greb, Senior Director of Recreation. “This trail will help parents, caregivers, and even older siblings promote learning in a casual setting. The skills they learn will help prepare them for kindergarten and beyond.”
About sixty people, including neighborhood children and parents, attended the ribbon cutting. The children were immediately engaged in the trail’s activities such as naming colors and shapes and talking about animals in the park.
Enderis Park is located between 70th and 72nd Streets and is intersected by Locust Street.
Providing new styles of learning opportunities for children aligns with the district’s Eight Big Ideas: Redefine the MPS Experience to enhance student achievement. All families are welcome to visit Enderis Park and try the Born Learning Trail.