Reminiscent of the architecture of the Orient, the Pagoda is a vertical array of bells that provide lush tones of long duration. Durable and completely maintenance-free, the Pagoda Bells are a calming addition to any outdoor setting. As a park ornament, or as an engaging piece of interactive urban art, this instrument rings with blended tones, focusing attention on any outdoor setting.
Sculptural Collection – Our most sculptural instruments add an artistic flair to any outdoor space. A beautiful grouping of both resonated and non-resonated instruments, each instrument in this collection has upgraded steel posts offering a sophisticated look.
This Collection Includes: Contrabass Chimes Manta Ray Harp Aria Lilypad Cymbals Pagoda Bells
The CSU Early Childhood Center has a new “musical garden” for children, thanks to the support of two dear friends.
The CSU Early Childhood Center celebrated the new Bea Romer and Peggy Noland Children’s Musical Garden with a dedication ceremony on Oct. 17. The garden, which features various musical instruments designed for children, was funded with a donation from Bea Romer and her close friend Peggy Noland, who met as freshman in 1947.
“There’s something about the sound of a children’s musical garden,” Bea Romer told the audience. “I’m so happy with how it’s turned out.”
The outdoor instruments, which include xylophones, pagoda bells and contrabass chimes, were made by Durango-based Freenotes Harmony Park. In addition to the instruments, the garden features a memorial bench and tree to honor Noland’s late son, Michael Daly Noland.
“It struck me how much my oldest son Michael would have enjoyed this place,” Noland said at the ceremony. “He would have had each of us playing a musical instrument. I really feel his presence here today.”
Other speakers at the event included College of Health and Human Sciences Dean Jeff McCubbin, CHHS Associate Director of Development Victoria Keller, Early Childhood Center Executive Director Karen Rattenborg and Lise Youngblade, head of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
Both studied child development in what was then called the College of Home Economics. Early childhood education was Romer’s focus when her husband, Roy Romer, served as Colorado governor for three terms in the 1980s and 1990s.
The idea of creating the musical garden arose during a tour of the Early Childhood Center last year. Noland had traveled to CSU from California to join in the celebration as Bea Romer received the 2013 College of Health and Human Sciences Honor Alumna Award from the CSU Alumni Association.
From an interview with:
Ken Van Camp
Crossing Abilities – Design Committee Chair
When was it completed Crossing Abilities playground was completed in November 2013, and the Freenotes “sound garden” was installed in March 2014.
How were the funds provided (grant, County/City project, fund raising) Funds were all raised from private sources, primarily supported by many businesses in the area.
Is it an ADA Accessible project/park Yes, Crossing Abilities is completely ADA accessible, as our purpose was to build an all-inclusive playground.We are building a safe and accessible outdoor playground that fosters imaginative play and developmental learning. This will enhance the quality of life of children with disabilities through fitness and socialization. At this playground, differences disappear and children share experiences with their peers, while exploring equipment and learning at their own level. Now a little history:
The project began in 2010 when Neal Gallagher, who was then chairman of the Big Pocono Challenger Baseball program, began talking with parents about the need for children in the area with varying abilities to have more options for play and peer interaction. He and two other members of the Big Pocono Little League board formed Crossing Abilities along with a few other volunteers, and were awarded a $25,000 grant later that year from the Pocono Mountains Community Fundraiser organization, to start the project going. In 2011, the project officially became part of Pocono Alliance, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Monroe County, PA, by identifying unmet human services needs and working toward solutions. In 2012 and 2013, major fundraising efforts backed by Pocono Alliance resulted in finding several area businesses who committed many thousands of dollars – an especially amazing accomplishment in the face of a poor economic climate! The playground was constructed in 2013, and the music garden added in March 2014.
While our initial focus was on building a playground, we were introduced to the idea of adding a “sound garden” as a novel way to promote cooperative play among children of all ages and abilities, and we wound up purchasing 5 instruments from Freenotes/Harmony Park: Swirl, Merry, Tuned Drums, Pagoda Bells, and Contrabass Chimes. The sound garden has proven to be extremely popular with both children and adults. The park is located at Mountain View Park, on Sullivan Trail, Tannersville PA.See the park’s website for detailed location:http://www.poconotownship.org/MTVIEWPARK.html For more details see our website:http://www.crossingabilities.org/or there Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/139905732712051/
Maple Grove Rotary Club builds a community music park at Town Green.
Emerson and Jackson Day find harmony together in the new music park at Town Green. Sounds of spontaneous creativity can be heard in the new Maple Grove Rotary Music Park. Nestled in at Town Green near the library and outdoor amphitheater, this new music park provides a place to meander, relax and create music.
The music park includes six specially made, weather resistant instruments laid out to create complimentary tones. These permanent instruments are accessible to would-be musicians of any age and require no special skill to play. There are no sour notes, only the sweet sounds of families and friends, young and old, a community making music together.
The idea to build a musical park came out of the Maple Grove Rotary Club’s 2009 five-year visioning plan. Maple Grove Rotary president-elect Susan Pryce says, “Our club is active in a wide variety of community service projects. But we wanted to be part of a project that would benefit the entire community as well as provide visibility to our organization.” When a few club members saw a Rotary presentation about outdoor musical instruments installed at Jackson Square Park in Northeast Minneapolis, they pitched a similar project idea to the Maple Grove Rotary Club.
Unlike a skate park that serves mostly kids and teens or a memorial park whose significance can be lost on youngsters, an interactive music park can be enjoyed together by everyone at every age. The Maple Grove Rotary Club unanimously approved moving ahead with the project. The club approached Mayor Steffenson with the music park idea and soon after the city granted its support and a location to build the park at Town Green. Pryce says, “We worked closely with the parks department and Chuck Stifter, the designer of Town Green, to ensure our idea would fit within the city’s beautifully established park design.”
Long-time Rotarian, Doug Schmitt of Schmitt Music had been involved in the Jackson Square Music Park. He directed Maple Grove Rotarians to Fireflies Play Environments, Inc., a Minnesota distributor of Freenotes Harmony Park instruments. Freenotes supplied the instruments for both parks. Fireflies owner, Camille Calderaro says, “The very first Freenotes outdoor instruments were designed by Grammy Award winning musician, Richard Cook.
His desire was to make music accessible to all and ensure musical success for everybody.” These durable outdoor instruments produce superior soothing sounds and never require tuning. Careful consideration was given to the placement of each instrument at the Maple Grove Rotary Music Park. They are arranged to provide each player eye contact with every other player. “Making music becomes an interactive community engagement that makes people happy,” says Calderaro.
The instrument layout also allows the tones of each instrument to compliment one another. Played alone or together, these interactive instruments are sure to make an instant musician out of any park visitor.
Music Park Instruments include: Contrabass Chimes – Seven chime towers that range in height from 7-9 feet. They are pitched an octave below middle C and resonate with a sensation of surround sound. Glass Imbarimba – A combined marimba and kalimba that provides two-handed access to upper and lower notes.African Drums – Molded plastic tuned drums that provide bass and beat. The Swirl – Sculptural chimes that emit a beautiful full range of soprano to alto sounds as elegant as a harp. Pagoda Bells – Vertically aligned bells with long resonating tones that serve as calming percussives.Sunset Yantzee – A foundational piece that looks like a xylophone and provides low resonance in support of melody.
The music park instruments are also stunning garden sculptures. Musical works of art that look as beautiful as they sound. And the park path that winds between the instrumental statuary includes pavers purchased by music park sponsors. The Rotary Club will continue to install park pavers that can be purchased by the public for $150 each in support of the music park. Pryce is excited about how many people will come to Town Green and enjoy the new music park. “I’ll be a grandma one day,” says Price. “I’ll take my grandchildren to the music park. I’ll show them the pavers and we’ll play music together.”
Chuck Beach, former Maple Grove Rotary president and 25 year Rotary Club member, is excited about the music park’s ability to facilitate interaction between children and adults. “It’s music that can be played by anybody,” says Beach, “Young and old, those with autism or physical disabilities, even someone like me, with no musical inclination can make music that sounds good. It can be done alone or in a group and doesn’t require a big time commitment.” The Maple Grove Rotary has been involved in many service projects in the community. But the music park is by far the biggest project the group has undertaken. Pryce says, “Fundraising has been the biggest challenge. But this project has had good reception. People are excited. This is our legacy project.”
Want to Know More? The Maple Grove Rotary Club is a group of professional people who meet weekly to do good locally and internationally. The group is open to new members and meets Tuesdays from 6:45 to 8 a.m. at Champps Americana, 13521 80th Circle North, Maple Grove. Click for more information about Maple Grove Rotary Club or to donate to the Maple Grove Rotary Music Park.
Dynamic Local Company Establishes Bold Growth Plan for 2012
DURANGO, COLO. (August 31, 2011) Freenotes Harmony Park, Inc., maker of high quality outdoor musical instruments for the masses, entered 2011 as a successful, 15-year old business. The company will exit 2011 with 25 national distributors in North America, 100-percent growth in sales over 2010, and plans on track to double sales again by the end of 2012.
The demand for our instruments has consistently grown over our 15 years in business and weíve managed it primarily through working longer hours, said Christy Cooke, President of Freenotes Harmony Park (FHP). We hit a critical point in 2009. Our success was overwhelming our small team and we were at a decision point: either get out of the business or put the foundations in place to implement a sustainable growth plan. We chose the latter.
The first order of business was to solidify the companies local presence. Cooke, and her husband, Richard Cooke, founder of the original Freenotes company, restructured their organization to: establish profit-sharing programs for key employees, to finance suitable production facilities Durango, Colorado, and to focus on expanding their human resources by creating new jobs in both labor and management. With a solid team in place, FHP moved forward with an aggressive expansion plan.
Central to that plan is an entirely new business model of selling wholesale to distributors (wherein FHP previously sold direct to consumer). FHP has attracted over 50 distributors, all representing complementary brands, to effectively serve all of North America. FHP is building training and marketing programs to fully support the distributor base.
A stronghold in the parks and municipal open space sectors since 1997, FHP is ramping up marketing efforts to open new markets. FHP will initially focus on the consistently strong sectors of industrial, commercial and private landscape. In addition to launching a new website, revamping marketing collateral and adding targeted value elements, such as 3-D CAD renderings for landscape architects, FHP will exhibit at the annual EXPO for the American Society of Landscape Architects, the largest trade group and trade show of its kind. FHP will also show at the annual Congress of the National Recreation and Park Association.
Based in Durango, Colorado, Freenotes Harmony Park makes outdoor musical instruments that deliver superior sound quality. Grammy award-winning designer, Richard Cooke, created Freenotes to ensure musical success for all players. For over 15 years, Freenotes instruments have provided gratifying musical experiences in public and private spaces around the world, because each instrument is designed for perpetually perfect pitch. A staple in playgrounds for encouraging creative tactile play, Freenotes instruments are now highly sought for a wide variety of outdoor settings ñ from the relaxed to the most sophisticated. As engaging pieces of interactive art, they encourage a full sensory experience. Constructed for both flawless tune and durability, Freenotes instruments have earned a respected heritage for their musicality and their longevity.
Playing music transcends all boundaries of age, ethnicity, gender and physicality.