|Published:||Aug 15, 2010 3:02 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 15, 2010 12:01 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.-- The kids at Child Care of Southwest Florida will soon be trading in video games for a shovel and getting ready for some hands-on, eco-friendly fun.
Instead of monkey bars and a tire swing, children will play in flower beds and vegetable gardens.
"We live in the high-tech, futuristic 21st century," says project designer Tomas Riedl. "We sometimes forget the simplicity of life and everything starts with a seed."
Volunteer crews from BB&T bank got to work Saturday prepping the area for what's being called a "natural playscape". Forget metal jungle gyms, the playground is going green.
"We're putting in community garden beds," says Tammy Aronson with Child Care of Southwest Florida. "We want the children to learn how vegetables grow and how all of that interconnects into the world that they live."
The new play area is designed to be an educational experience where kids can exercise their bodies and their minds.
"Research has show that children that participate in a natural environment, there's less childhood obesity, there's less aggression," says Aronson.
The designer of the project is hoping the first phase will be ready to go for the kids to enjoy within the next 90 days.
Volunteers will be working on the site every Saturday until the end of September.
BB&T Bank provided the funding for the project.
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