Saturday, May 02, 2015

Explore the Outdoors!

Explore the Outdoors

Saturday, May 9th, 1:00-3:00pm

at Northfield's Way Park 

Join us again for the third annual Explore the Outdoors gathering at Way Park.  The Explore the Outdoors event was inspired by a PBS and NRPA initiative to get kids outdoors.  This year we are featuring a ton of events for kids of all ages, including: 
  • kite making 
    • parachute games 
      • volleyball 
        • badminton 
          • bocce ball
        • Kubb
      • ladder toss
        • bean bag tic tac toe 
          • pee wee golf 
            • hula hoops
          • (Viking Chess) 
        • outdoor art
      • music lemonade and MUCH MORE! 
See you in the park between 1:00 and 3:00pm!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone that came out to "It's Jazz and Desserts"! We hope that you had a wonderful time and enjoyed the music and desserts.

Thank you for all the amazingly generous donations towards the Kids' Musical Plaza. Your support means everything to the continued success of Way Park.

A special thank you to Dave Hagedorn, Eric Hanson, and Kevin Clemens (and expected guest Bat) for your wonderful performance.

Finally, thank you to those that made and provided desserts, they were delicious!

The sudden change in weather has provided a new level of excitement and anticipation as Way Park has begun to green up.

Looking forward to Spring!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's Jazz and Desserts!

Please join us for the annual Friends of Way Park benefit concert. This year... It's Jazz and Desserts! with Dave Hagedorn on xylophone, Eric Hanson on drums, and Kevin Clemens on bass. 

The concert will begin at 7pm on March 7 at the First UCC, and everyone is welcome to stay afterwards for coffee and desserts.

Come enjoy the music and the treats, and support the dream of an outdoor musical plaza in Way Park.

First UUC is located at 300 Union Street, Northfield, MN 55057

To learn more about the musical plaza ideas, view our previous post, or visit the Freenotes Harmony website (the creators and manufacturers of the instruments).  The image below is a proposed design for the plaza and the layout of the instruments (click the image for a larger version).

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ideas for an outdoor musical plaza at Way Park

The Friends of Way Park, in collaboration with the Northfield Rotary Club, some local music educators, and the city, is exploring the possibility of an outdoor musical plaza for the park.

The instruments, pictured to the right, are the Contrabass Chimes (tall, on the left), the Swirl (orange, toward the back), the Imbarimba (yellow), the Pegasus (blue) and the Tuned Drums.
Jackson Square Park in Minneapolis
A similar collection of instruments was recently installed in Jackson Square Park in Minneapolis.

You can hear and read about the instruments on the Freenotes website.

The video below, from Freenotes Harmony, shows a musical plaza embedded in a naturally landscaped space.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where will they be?  On the north end of the Park, centered between east and west borders. Our plan is to place them on a small plaza on the south side of the sidewalk that runs below the wall and steps.

How will they sound?  They are tuned to produce harmonious sounds when played together.

Will they disturb the peace?  The company has measured decibel levels. At their loudest (right next to them) they could approximate the level of a lawnmower; 30 feet away, the sound level is that of normal street noise; at 150 feet, the level is that of normal conversation.

Will they survive the winter outdoors?  Yes. They are winter-hardy and have been placed in parks in Utah, Colorado, Alaska and Minnesota.

When will they be installed?  We are working through the process with the City right now. The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) has approved moving forward with this project and will host a neighborhood meeting in February or March to answer questions and provide for discussion before further action. Assuming approval, we would hope to have the instruments installed sometime this summer.

Anything else we should know?  On a related subject, we are ordering plantings to screen the west border and northwest corner of the playground. These will form a visual boundary and a natural play-space for little kids, and they should reduce sound for the neighbors.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Support Way Park on Give to the Max Day 2014

Hello Friends!

Ten years ago, Way Park bore the scars of demolition, and a street divided the space. Today, thanks to the City and Friends of Way Park, we enjoy a single lovely expanse with young trees, newly planted rain gardens, an amphitheater, and more recently, three kiosks and colorful murals on the warming house. The park is a hub of activity and a place for neighbors of all ages to connect -- on the playground, while ice skating, and at events such as Pumpkin Fest, Explore the Outdoors Day, and Yoga in the Park.

Friends of Way Park is able to move projects forward and promote community-building activities because of your support. As we look toward the future and turn our attention to upcoming initiatives, like adding creative play elements to the playground and designing a healing garden for the south end, we are asking you to help by joining the many generous donors who are carrying on the legacy of the Way sisters.

November 13 is Give to the Max Day. Every donation made on that day is especially powerful because it offers a chance for Friends of Way Park to win a $1,000 golden ticket (given hourly), medium-sized nonprofit prizes up to $10,000, and one of several super-sized golden tickets of $10,000.

It's easy to give. Just go to the Friends of Way Park page on the GiveMN site on November 13, or go now and pre-schedule your donation. You are also invited to Northfield Gives at the Grand, where you can learn about local non-profits and help one of them win a local Golden Ticket Grant, sponsored by Northfield SHARES.

Thank you for your involvement and support!

The Friends of Way Park Board