Recently, the United Way of West Florida (UWWF) staff, led by President and CEO, Laura P. Gilliam, installed a new ‘Born Learning Trail’ at Floridatown Park in Pace.
The Born Learning Trail, a United Way Worldwide initiative since 2005, is a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers, and communities create quality opportunities for engagement and recreation when out for a stroll or while playing at a park.
A group of volunteers from Pace High School’s Interact Club, in addition to some park-goers, helped United Way staff with the decoration of the trail by painting different interactive designs, patterns, and shapes – in addition to fish, bugs, and a hopscotch court – along the trail.
“This was not only a win-win project for our community, but it was also rewarding for the volunteers,” said Santa Rosa County Facilities Manager, Tammy Simmons. “The citizens were very excited as they watched the project play out, and we even picked up a few park patrons to assist.”
The volunteer’s artwork will supplement the colorful signage staged throughout the trail that encourages adults and their children to notice, identify, and interact with the shapes, sounds, and colors in their surroundings.
“The Born Learning Trail at Floridatown Park is a great example of a community partnership with students from Pace High School’s Interact Club, Rotary Club of Pace and local residents volunteering their time and talent to such a creative project,” said Commissioner Sam Parker, District 1. “It’s very fulfilling to see the effort and pride that went into the creation of this trail and it makes our park an even more unique environment for our youngest residents to grow, learn and play.”
The Floridatown Park Born Learning Trail marks the fourth such installation by United Way of West Florida since 2020. This Born Learning Trail is made possible through a partnership between the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County, International Paper, the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners, and UWWF.