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Anne Springs Close Greenway

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    The mission of this unique play space is to reteach children how to play in the woods. It is a collaborative effort between Greenway staff and the Natural Learning Initiative (NLI), a research and professional development unit at the NC State University College of Design. The playscape and structures are specially crafted to help activate sensory skills, foster creativity and problem-solving through free play, reduce stress, increase physical activity, develop confidence in the outdoors, improve cognitive abilities, and facilitate outdoor learning. The Schroering Forest Playground features include a central climbing structure for older children and a corresponding structure for younger guests. The Greenway procured structures from German play equipment designer and constructor Richter Spielgeräte via APE Studio, Inc., a US partner of Richter Spielgeräte. Richter Spielgeräte focuses on safety, sustainability, environmental friendliness, play value, and high-quality materials. The company handcrafts wood sourced from Austria. The six-play structures ordered from Richter Spielgeräte, including one- and two-story timber houses, a sound arch, hydrophone structures, and a versatile snail structure, provide various sensory and social development opportunities. Made possible by the generous vision and financial contributions of Marty and Vesime Schroering, among a handful of other private donors, this natural playscape will further the Greenway’s mission by providing outdoor recreation opportunities for members and visitors of all ages.