Our founder, Richard Cooke is a Grammy award-winning musician who has created a family of instruments that give everyone a way to play beautiful music simply. See his TED Talk on June 25th, 2016
Ellie Caulkins Opera House
1385 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80204
Here are a few photos from the event.
Watch our latest “Outdoor Music Minute”. How our Demo instruments can help you.
We are pleased to share with you this link with footage of a famous Latin American music group “Los Jaivas”, who used Urbanplay’s installation of Free Notes Harmony Park instruments. At the Music Park, located in Plaza Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chili to perform a song for a Chilean TV show.
“Los Jaivas” is a Chilean band, with a career that spans 50 years, the highlights the combination of progressive rock, folk and Chilean rhythms.
SVVSD opens district’s first ADA Accessible Playground
Please join us in celebrating the grand opening of Main Street School’s new playground on Monday, October 26, at 1:00pm. As one of the few fully ADA accessible playgrounds in Colorado, the space will provide for all students at Main Street School the opportunity to play outside in a safe and engaging environment. In the planning stages during 2014, the new playground was made possible by bond funding passed in the 2008 election.
“The addition of the playground has made a tremendous impact on our students and families,” said Heidi Weekley, Administrative Coordinator at Main Street School. “Students are experiencing a deeper sense of school pride and community as they learn while experiencing play in an area accessible by all abilities.”
Key features of the new playground include areas of music, motion, and sanctuary such as sensory elements with drums, xylophones, and a boat that sways; a slide equipped to eliminate static electricity that can inhibit the play experience for students with cochlear implants; and visual panels with letters, numbers, and puzzles that include braille. The playground also features an area for outdoor experiential learning, including sandblasted animal footprints and a garden area with plants for identification and discovery.
“I like the music area because you can make music, the metal slide, the fast slide and the rocking boat,” said a student in the Serious Emotional Disability program at Main Street. “It’s really great because we don’t always have to just run in the field. The playground is way more fun!”
– See more at: http://mainstreet.svvsd.org/updates/svvsd-opens-districts-first-ada-accessible-playground#sthash.tsXszWf0.dpuf
Visitors to the Mound Harbor District can now fill the air with pleasant melodies with the three musical installations put the park on June 27.
To make music, individuals can tap on the colorful drums or play the other two installations with permanently attached mallets.
“After all the work and planning we are excited to have the Harbor District improvements almost complete,” said Kevin Ehlinger, Mound-Westonka Rotary president.
“The musical instrument installation was the element we were most excited about because of how fun and interactive they are,” he added
This “musical island” installation, funded by the Mound-Westonka Rotary, is part of improvements to the district organized by the Rotary. Trees were also planted in the area and two sculptures will be added soon.
“The support from the community has been wonderful from the very beginning,” Ehlinger said. “Now they get to see the Rotary’s vision of making the area more functional and inviting turn into reality. It’s a great reflection on the community.”
The Harbor District Area near Auditor’s Road is slated for development sometime in the future. Until then, these improvements are intended to draw people to the area.
The Rotary will be celebrating the project with a special Music in the Park to be held in the Harbor District on Thursday, July 9. The Abiders, a blues, rock-a-billy and country band, will play at this free event.
The WeCAN Mobile Market will be on hand at the July 9 event collecting donations for WeCAN’s mobile food deliveries and summer kids’ food bags.
Contact Katie Morford at katie.morford @ecm-inc.com
New Sir Cumference Playground Opens in New Orleans City Park
New Orleans (August 6, 2015)
WHAT: New Orleans City Park will cut the ribbon on a new playground at the already popular Festival Grounds. Located between Christian Brothers School and the Reunion Shelter on Friedrichs Avenue, the playground sits inside a paved concrete circle. It is that circle shape that lent its geometric details to the playgrounds name: Sir Cumference.
The Sir Cumference playground includes climbing areas, monkey bars, a slide, balance beams, and musical instruments for kids to play. The playground is geared towards children ages 5 to 12 years old. Adult supervision is recommended at all times. Parking is easy for parents in the lot just a few feet from the playground. Restrooms are located on the opposite side of the Reunion Shelter.
This playground joins the City Park family as one of four playgrounds in the Park. The other playgrounds are the Stanley Ray Playground (on Dreyfous), the Blue Starbucks Playground (on Stadium), and Storyland (on Victory).
WHEN: Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 10:00 am
WHERE: Between Christian Brothers School and the Reunion Shelter, on Friedrichs Avenue.
About City Park:
City Park: is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the park receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the park’s streets and trails.
– See more at: http://neworleanscitypark.com/press/releases/new-sir-cumference-playground-opens-in-new-orleans-city-park#sthash.Cs9yhkEi.dpuf
Freenotes Harmony Park is proud to announce the winner of our 2016 Musical Park Design Challenge. Participants in the Challenge were asked to create a design that incorporates Freenotes Harmony Park instruments.
The 2016 winning Team is Leo Alvarez, Lauren Fraley, Chelsi Rome from Perkins+Will, a design firm who’s tagline is Ideas + buildings that honor the broader goals of society. Please visit Perkins+Will at www.perkinswill.com or call 404.443.7514. The web site for the project is: www.facebook.com/ChildrensMemorialGarden/
KRQUE NEWS 13 RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – A one-of-a-kind park designed to allow people of all ages, with or without disabilities, to play together has opened in Rio Rancho.
The six-acre park called A Park Above has therapeutic equipment. It offers calming places and chances to practice motor skills.
“I think it’s really special because it’s a park that is accessible to all kids, whether they are able bodied or disabled,” said Ava Gwin-Aguilera.
Gwin-Aguilera’s son Alex, 6, is disabled. “Just my hips,” said Alex. The first-grader’s hips are turned inwards.
“He has difficulty jumping and climbing on all the play equipment and things like that,” Gwin-Aguilera said.
That’s not the case at A Park Above.
“I can play on anything,” Alex said.
The $2.1 million project was designed with kids like Alex in mind.
“This park is incredibile in that it includes everybody. It’s all inclusive. Everybody can come here and everybody can play together,” said Rio Rancho Mayor Greg Hull.
The slides don’t have ladders and there are swings specifically for people in wheelchairs.
“There’s not a frown on a face out here,” Hull said. “Just look at the smiles, look at the laughter, look at the enjoyment that is going on here.”
It’s the children’s smiles that makes it all worth while for the city and volunteers who put in more than two years of work to make the park a reality.
“I think that sums it up right there. It’s just wow,” Hull said.
A Park Above is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. right now, but those hours will expand to 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in April for the summer.
If you would like to volunteer at the park, call 505-892-4499 or email Madeline Torrez at email@example.com.