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Photo: Provided by Great Parks of Hamilton County

A rendering of the Music Garden at Highfield Park

A new and immersive sensory experience is coming to one of Great Parks of Hamilton County’s parks.

Glenwood Gardens in Woodlawn will soon be home to an interactive music-themed garden, thanks in part to a $150,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks.  (The total project cost is estimated at $300,000.)

Called the “Music Garden at Highfield Discovery Center,” it will feature large instruments for people to play, as well as a stage for children to let their creativity flourish.

“The Music Garden at Highfield Discovery Garden will allow children and users of all ages to understand connections between nature and music while creating their own performances encouraged by the nature around them,” says Todd Palmeter, CEO of Great Parks, per a press release.

click to enlarge The park will feature a path in the shape of a treble clef as well as instruments available for the public to play. - PHOTO: PROVIDED BY GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY

Photo: Provided by Great Parks of Hamilton County

The park will feature a path in the shape of a treble clef as well as instruments available for the public to play.

The garden will feature an accessible path in the shape of a treble clef, and guests are encouraged to interact with the instruments located along the walkway. Great Parks says there will be five music stations, including a “collection of high-quality outdoor percussive musical instruments, such as double-sided chimes and a tung drum.”

Plant life has also been selected to reinforce the theme. Great Parks doesn’t specify what will grow there other than to say greenery will be selected for inclusion based on “the names of the plants, the sound they make or through visual appearances that may evoke musical inspiration.”

The construction on the music garden fulfills the request from the public to see more
playful education areas. Specifically, the “Great Parks Comprehensive Master Plan” calls for “integrating nature, programming and facilities to provide unique offerings in every park that instill lasting memories in all users,” per the release. 

The Greater Cincinnati community will be invited to use the space informally and for organized programs, and Great Parks is looking to partner with Cincinnati schools who want to use it for their curriculum. Great Parks plans to lead programs that create sensory experiences for all ages and abilities, including the hearing- and visually-impaired, according to the press release. 

Great Parks expects the project to be complete by the end of 2022.

In addition to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources NatureWorks grant, the project is also being funded by the Dorothy B. Francis Charitable Foundation, Highfield Foundation and Robert Gould Foundation.

Highfield Discovery Garden is located at 10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn. Find out more information at greatparks.org. 

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