by Jake Hipsher, Grain Valley News Intern
Grain Valley Parks and Recreation recently put on the latest edition of Storybook Trail, spanning from June 4th to the 13th. This program is held at Armstrong Park, located on Main Street of Grain Valley. Storybook Trail brings individuals and families together to read and engage with different books as they go about the Armstrong Park Trail. The program is free of charge and accessible to all residents of Grain Valley.
“It is something that is free to the community and geared towards younger kids, giving them the opportunity to read or listen to the story as they enjoy use of the trail within the park,” said Shannon Davies, Director of Grain Valley Parks and Recreation.
Although the most recent showing of Storybook Trail has commenced, the program is far from over. Grain Valley Parks and Recreation has been hosting Storybook Trail for many years, making it a long-lasting tradition for frequent visitors of the park.
“The Parks and Recreation department has been doing this program for about a decade now. We do two of them every spring and summer, a new story is picked every time,” said Davies.
June’s edition of Storybook Trail presented the title “When I get Bigger” by Mercer Mayer. This story entails the excitement that children have towards growing up, and the many possibilities that come with that. The book’s goal is to encourage children to dream big, and to create aspirations of their own. Important messages like these are the reason why Storybook Trail began in the first place. The program aims to inspire and motivate the youth of Grain Valley in a positive environment.
Grain Valley Parks and Recreation works to create opportunities for the community to spend quality time outdoors. Storybook Trail is just one of the many enriching experiences that the department has to offer. To keep up with the Storybook Trail program and other events like it, visit https://cityofgrainvalley.org/parks_and_recreation/ for more information.
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