SwirlThe stunning sculptural presence of this design exudes both beautiful sounds and visual art. Tones are pure, soothing and never go out of tune.  Ideal for music therapy and community music projects.  The chimes are made of durable, resonated anodized aluminum and range from soprano to alto.  The swirl’s warm vibrant tone comes from individual resonators made of Anodized Aluminum.  The color is Orange

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Outdoor instruments chime at Evenings Porch Assisted Living

By Melanie Brubaker Mazur

Buddy Wiler plays some tunes as Ali Sabeti, left, and Erin Youngblood, administrator of Evenings Porch, listen on Monday. The assisted living facility has installed five outdoor music pieces on its grounds.

Buddy Wiler plays some tunes as Ali Sabeti, left, and Erin Youngblood, administrator of Evenings Porch, listen on Monday. The assisted living facility has installed five outdoor music pieces on its grounds.

Five outdoor music pieces are the newest activity for residents of Evenings Porch Assisted Living.

Joan Horton, foreground, and Gene Snyder play an instrument on Monday. 

Joan Horton, foreground, and Gene Snyder play an instrument on Monday.

Amanda Riegel, left, a staff member at Evenings Porch, chats with Grace Emenegger, seated, as Joan Horton joins the conversation during a break from playing music during a session at Evenings Porch.

Amanda Riegel, left, a staff member at Evenings Porch, chats with Grace Emenegger, seated, as Joan Horton joins the conversation during a break from playing music during a session at Evenings Porch.

Jim Daniledes taps out some notes Monday at Evenings Porch Assisted Living in Bayfield. 

Jim Daniledes taps out some notes Monday at Evenings Porch Assisted Living in Bayfield.

On Monday, residents came out on a sunny morning for an impromptu music gathering.  Some created some surprisingly soothing music, while a few others shared some poignant moments, as well.

Buddy Wiler complained that he couldn’t remember some of the songs he used to sing with his wife.  Growing a bit frustrated, he then tapped out the tune to “Shave and a Haircut, Six Bits!” and beamed proudly.

Darvin Kinney likes the new instruments, while Grace Emenegger said one of them was “harder for her,” mostly because she couldn’t hear some of the notes.

The five pieces are from Freenotes Harmony Park, a Durango-based company that makes instruments for parks, school and other outdoor settings. Musical experience isn’t needed to play them.  The models at Evenings Porch are Swirl, Yantzee, Merry, Griffin and Piper.

Along with a garden, walking paths and other outdoor amenities, the instruments provide extra stimulus and a good muscular activity for residents who want to spend some time outside, said Erin Youngblood, the facility administrator. She’s planning to invite local musical groups, such as the Be FRANK Foundation, to come perform for residents.

Anyone interested in touring the facility is welcome to call 884-0101.

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Lohas Park – Hong Kong

TKO Residential Hong Kong Swirl copy

 “HEMERA” Lohas Park Phase III is a new developing residential area, in Hong Kong.  The project is a joint effort with the largest developer in Hong Kong, along with the owner of the Mass Transit Railway(MTR).

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Comments from the installation:

The customer likes those three sets of musical instruments, with the sculpture-like style and gorgeous sound.

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From Wikipedia:

Formerly named “Dream City“, it was renamed LOHAS Park. LOHAS is an acronym for “lifestyle of health and sustainability”. The Chinese name means “sunrise health city”.

The MTR designated LOHAS Park an ‘environmental protection city’ when planning began in 2002. Phase III is situated at the Northern side of LOHAS Park. Apartments facing North can enjoy the unrestricted view to the permanent recovered greenery. The greenery is partially encircled by the new Tseung Kwan O cycling track which links LOHAS Park to the Tseung Kwan O town centre. Part of the greenery is now the Wan Po Road Pet Garden.

The project

Le Prestige under construction in August 2009

LOHAS Park in December 2011

Central Park in LOHAS Park

The 3,550,000 square feet (330,000 m2) estate will comprise fifty residential towers, offering 21,500 apartments to accommodate 58,000 residents in the site area. These will sit above the MTR LOHAS Park Station.[1] The gross floor area (GFA) for domestic purposes is up to 1.6 million square metres, and retail GFA will occupy up to 50,000 m2[2]

The the official website is www.hemera.com.hk for more details.

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Crossing Abilities All iInclusive Playground

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/
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Sound Garden in Legion Park gets drums, bells

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July 2, 2013

Arlington Sound Garden

Carlos tries the drums while his sister Amanda and friends enjoy the sound of The Swirl at the Arlington Sound Garden after the bells and drums were installed by Scout Christian Bigger last week. The instruments were paid for by Arlington Arts Council and community donors.

Dreams of an interactive musical experience for the children, families and kids-at-heart in Arlington came to fruition last week when two more outdoor musical instruments were installed next to The Swirl at Arlington’s Sound Garden.

Scout Christian Bigger and his team of helpers installed bells and drums last Tuesday and spread bark where the grass was pounded by use of The Swirl through the past year.  The Sound Garden is about 75 yards south of Legion Park in downtown Arlington.

Presented to the city of Arlington by the Arlington Arts Council, the Sound Garden was purchased with funds in part from last fall’s Fall into Art Auction, and donations from the community. The Rotary Club of Arlington helped by matching donations from the community to enable the purchase of drums and bells to finish the project.

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Together with The Swirl xylophone, the colorful drums and the elegant, silver bells combine for a real orchestra of sounds as well as a sculptural splash of color and fun.

A driving force behind the concept, AAC board member Virginia Hatch knew that a Sound Garden would be perfect for Arlington when she heard of them more than 10 years ago.

“It’s a great place for families to interact and for individuals to take a few minutes just to have some fun,” Hatch said. “It has taken us ten years, but with assistance from Rotary, it’s finally finished and now it’s time to celebrate!”

AAC vice president Laura Kuhl, who also coordinates concerts at the Byrnes Performing Arts Center for AAC, pointed out that making music is not only fun, it also develops life skills.

She cited the Children’s Music Workshop, a music advocacy program, which claims that music “helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning.”

To learn a musical part, a child must coordinate with others, reinforcing teamwork skills. Learning to play an instrument teaches self-discipline and motor skills.

“The Arlington Sound Garden is a magical place,” Kuhl said. “We hope it will inspire children to know more about music and that they will have a great time making music with their friends and families.”

A big celebration is planned in September, during the annual Art in the Park. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, the annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington reception will feature a professional ensemble, Batucada. Local middle school band teacher, Joe Horsak, has rallied the ensemble, with which he performs, to present a concert at the Sound Garden. Batucada will then entertain at Art in the Park all afternoon.

Batucada is the Brazilian word for the driving rhythms of the samba and the groups that play them. Samba was made world famous by the huge “samba schools” that parade during Carnivale season, but it is also played year round by smaller groups called batucadas.

Samba was introduced in Seattle 35 years ago largely by this ensemble, launching a movement across the U.S. Now dozens of samba groups perform in America, but Seattle’s Batucada Yemanjá was one of the first.

“The sounds of Brazil are totally danceable and engaging, so plan to move,” Horsak said.  Horsak took the downtown Art Walk recently to see the Sound Garden and other art installations along the Centennial Trail, which have been presented to the city of Arlington by the Arlington Arts Council over the past 10 years.

“I can’t say how much I enjoyed the Art Walk and tour of downtown,” Horsak said. “After working indoors with kids all day, it was nice to take a walk outdoors and have a chance to see the art in downtown Arlington,” Horsak said.

The Sound Garden instruments were designed by a Grammy Award winning musician, Richard Cooke of Freenotes Harmony Park, and acquired from a playground equipment supplier in Issaquah.

Freenotes Harmony Park recognizes that music has been the heart of community building through the ages.  “Music transcends all barriers of age, gender, ethnicity and physicality,” Cooke says.

The Sound Garden was started last summer with The Swirl, a xylophone of sorts, installed by Scout Trey Swanson for his Eagle Scout project. Anthony Gaskin, a young Arlington artist, painted the mural backdrop, which features a colorful collection of folk musicians, an image created by late AAC member Jim Walker and used with permission from his wife, Ruth Walker.

Donors last year included Gaskin Construction, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Lauren Ernst.  AAC Treasurer Jean Olson expressed thanks to the community for supporting the effort to bring musical expression to the community.

“We are so excited to have completed another project,” Olson said. “Now we can start working toward our next project, a tree sculpture for the empty circle in the 300 block of the Centennial Trail.”

The next Fall into Art Auction is traditionally set on the third Saturday in October–October 19 this year. Donations of all kinds are welcome.  In the meantime, plan to attend the celebration in September and stop by the Arlington Sound Garden to make music with family and friends.

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Accessible Play: No More Watching From the Sidelines

Re-printed from: Landscape Architect

Adventure Island’s Sound of Music

Above & Below: The concrete ramping outside the playground gives children in wheelchairs access to the second story play pieces. The slope is 1:12 (8.33 percent), which meets ADA requirements. The playground is closed at night. The lighting (Quality Lighting) is security lighting activated by motion sensors. The 20-inch wide housing is finned cast aluminum and accommodates up to 400 watt lamps.

Imagine a playground where children search for hidden artifacts in an archaeological dig, conduct a symphony, or launch to the moon in a spaceship.

Now imagine that all children can experience that kind of fun no matter what their ability level. Also imagine that children in wheelchairs or those with sensory, visual or cognitive disabilities can play side-by-side with their able-bodied peers.

That’s Adventure Island, a universally accessible playground in Settler’s Park, Meridian Idaho.

The tuned drums (Freenotes) area is a social setting for children of all abilities and ages. Constructed of painted vinyl the varied sizes and heights of the drums make distinctive pitches.

While more and more states are integrating accessibility into their playgrounds, Adventure Island is believed to be the first of its kind in Idaho and a model for other communities in the gem state.

This is a community built playground, meaning hand-assembled by volunteers in Meridian.

Several of the parents who initiated Adventure Island Playground have children who attended JumpStart, a program of Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for children with neurological disorders. Because JumpStart partners with other child development/education programs, JumpStart children play and learn with children who do not have neurological challenges. Such meaningful interactions and experiences is the mission of Adventure Island Playground.

The anodized aluminum chimes (“Swirl”) deeply resonate by an ABS and PVC plate.


The landscape architects of The Land Group, Inc., Matthew T. Adams, ASLA, principal, provided design work as an in-kind donation to the Adventure Island Group, working from initial concept through construction drawings and construction observation, including product selection and specification, community facilitation, permitting and bidding services. (Note: The landscape architects were contracted to prepare design documents for the 58-acre Settlers Park, of which Adventure Island is a part.)

The durable plastic-coated play elements (Playworld Systems) provide tactile play opportunities for children of all abilities. Poured-in-place rubber (NoFault) is the safety surfacing.


Sound Garden

The Sound Garden is the most recent phase of Adventure Island. The “sound” refers to nine large-scale musical instruments that provide interactive play for children of all abilities. The Sound Garden is just adjacent to the climbing area—Little City of Rocks. These play elements, along with the existing playground structure, swing area and splash pad, are the cornerstone of the 56-acre community park.

Peer interaction and social gathering for children is a major focus and component of the playground. Children of all abilities are able to interact socially with their peers because the physical and spatial qualities of the site do not limit access to any particular location or play element.

The ramp to the second story play equipment is accessed from the sidewalk. The wheelchair ramps (1:12 slope) have continuous handrails. There are landings at each foot of rise and are large enough to allow for a wheelchair turning space (60-in. dia.).


About the Firm

The Land Group, Inc. of Eagle, Idaho was founded in 1988 by David Koga and Phil Hull. From the start, the firm’s reputation has been based on providing technically-sound and cost-effective services. Originally focusing on landscape architecture services, the firm now provides a full range of design and consulting services in the fields of landscape architecture, civil engineering, surveying, planning, golf course engineering and irrigation, graphic communication and photography. The firm’s focus is working together across disciplines as a cohesive team.

  • Project: Adventure Island PlaygroundOwner: City of Meridian,
  • IdahoProject Landscape Architects: Jeremy Ainsworth and Matthew T. Adams, The Land Group, Inc.
  • Community Group: Adventure Island Group


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Maple Grove Rotary Club builds a Community Music Park at Town Green

From the August 2013 issue of Maplegrove Magazine

Music Park Legacy Project In Maple Grove

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.

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