The Burrell Park Born Learning Trail was opened to the public on October 18, 2019. It’s open for children (and adults) of all ages, who will enjoy the trail and learn about the local insects and animals that exist in the area. The learning trail consists of a paved walking path with nature signs, learning signs, musical instruments that can actually be played, games such as hopscotch that will be painted on the path. There’s a shelter with picnic tables and electricity for a reading area, etc. Benches are placed along the path near the learning areas.
The City of Carmi was fortunate to receive a generous donation of $34,500 from Vibracoustic and Freudenberg Group through a program referred to as e2 (which stands for education and environment). Jim Barrow, the Senior Human Resource Manager at Vibracoustic said “This has been a perfect match for the E2 Program at Vibracoustic. It was a perfect fit, anything for nature, to protect the environment or help people appreciate the environment; they are all about that. So when Sheryl contacted me and we talked about it, I was thrilled that it got approved so quickly as it did. It couldn’t of worked any quicker or any better than it did.”
Burrell Park Born Learning Trail
This idea and design is credited to Sheryl Blazier, former Day Care owner, whose dedication and efforts helped to make this a reality and assisted with all aspects of this very worthwhile project.
Mayor Jeff Pollard, Jim Barrow, SHRM-SCP Sr. Human Resources Manager or Operations at Vibracoustics, Sheryl Blazier and Sandra Irvine were honored to unveil the sign for the new Learning Trail at Burrell Park.
Groundbreaking ceremony, Friday, March 22, 2019.
Pictured in photo: City Clerk Cynthia Attebury, Chamber of Commerce Director Lauren Higginson, Mayor Jeff Pollard, Trail Coordinator Sheryl Blazier, Vibracoustic SHRM-SCP – Jim Barrow, City Alderman Steve Winkleman, City Alderman Mike Knight, Vibracoustic Manager Dan Johnston, Vibracoustic HSE – Rachel Anderson, Vibracoustic VPS – Clark Pierce, City Supervisor Mike Buckman, City Administrator Sandra Irvine.