'Trail Tales' to encourage reading and outdoor activity

Beginning Saturday, June 1, a series of stations a long the Riverbend Park trail will feature two pages each of a children’s story, which can be read by taking a walk through the park. 

MIDDLEBURY — A new feature encouraging children to read, be physically active and appreciate the outdoors at the same time is coming to Riverbend Park in Middlebury. 

A series of stations, each containing two pages of a children’s book, has been installed along the trail at the park.

To read the story, children can start at the beginning of the trail located near the park playground and then proceed along a looped trail to each station. Stories will be changed frequently, according to a news release.

The Trail Tales will be dedicated at 9 a.m. Saturday as the kick-off to the Middlebury Community Public Library’s Literary Carousel.

The public is invited to the dedication, which will feature a ribbon cutting, words about the trail and light refreshments.  

According to the release, the Middlebury Then and Now Committee came up with the idea and wrote grants, the Greencroft Woodworkers cut the materials to size, the Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department built the story boards and installed them with help from the Lippert Day of Service volunteers, and the Middlebury Community Public Library supplied the books.

The Middlebury Enrichment Council and the Friends of the Middlebury Parks each donated to the project to add to the grant received from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County.

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