Written by: Keith Sattler, Old Northside Foundation Honorary Board Director
Shawn Grove Park continues to be a popular place for families and friends of the Old Northside neighborhood with the arrival of the new ladybug spring rider. One longtime resident and parent said “I grew up going to Shawn Grove Park and we are grateful to the ONS Foundation for maintaining it after all these years. We especially appreciate the new play equipment for our little guy who absolutely loves the ladybug rocker!" The ladybug has been an instant hit and was also accompanied with the installation of a daisy spring rider, and two new picnic tables which the Old Northside Foundation has helped to bring to the Shawn Grove Park. The new equipment was made possible thanks to generous donations from many neighbors living in the Old Northside and by using Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) credits.
Its ladybug madness amongst the kids with another parent noting, “Henry, our almost 2-year old son is learning lots of words these days but one of his recent favorites is ladybug thanks to the newly added feature at Shawn Grove Park. He has always loved going to the park, but the ladybug has become a must-do every time we are there. Thanks for the great addition!”
The ladybug comes from a German playground equipment manufacture company called Kompan, and it is specially designed for smaller children with sidewalls and handlebars to provide them safety while using the feature. A landscape architect who lives in the neighborhood recommended using this feature based on his experience with designing playgrounds at parks. He was very excited to be able to help the neighborhood and the park especially because he is a dad himself of a 2-year old. His daughter also loves the ladybug and is always running right to it when they visit the park.
The Old Northside Foundation owns and maintains the park and loves when they can upgrade the park. They look forward to more improvements in the years to come and are thrilled that their recent features have become an instant hit.
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