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Even the youngest of kids would enjoy playing at the new playground at the Discovery Preserve.
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Discovery Playground Opens at the Discovery Preserve

Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy helps bring fun with nature

June 19, 2016       Leave a Comment
By: John Keuvelaar

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It was a rainy day on June 16. But the rain cleared in time to dedicate the Grand Opening of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy's new Discovery Playground. Located at the Discovery Preserve at 1701 S. Euclid Ave, in Bay City, the playground at the entrance of the Discovery Preserve offers a hands-on way for our young naturalists to enjoy nature in a way they understand.


A young girl enjoying herself at the newly built playground.
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Kids of different ages trying out the new playground pebble music box.
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Leo Branigan, 7, was chosen to cut the ceremonial ribbon for the new playground at the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy. (MyBayCity Photo by John Keuvelaar)

Zack Branigan, Executive Director of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy, did the thank you speech for all those who contributed to the playground before the ribbon cutting opened the park to the anxious observers just itching to try out the park. Even Lou E Loon had to join in the fun much to the delight of all the children who were there. The park has an Explorers Cabin, large fallen trees with bark removed and climbing footings, rocks to leap from and a musical box that the children dump scoops of pebbles into over metal pipes creating musical tones to name a few.


Parents and kids checked out the Explorers Cabin.
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Kids peer out curiously from the cabin.
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The new playground allows kids to crawl, climb and even walk on the top of massive trees.
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Major contributors were the Dow Corning Donor Advised Fund at BACF, the Bay City Noon Optimist, Michigan Baseball Foundation and the Saginaw Bay Watershed.


Lou E. Loon flew in to play with the kids.
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One of the several new playground items featured.
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Plans to expand are in the works but this is a great way to burn off a little energy before taking the young ones on the nature trails to see some magnificent sights and birds in our backyard.


The massive climbing logs surround the play area for kids to enjoy.
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Judge John Keuvelaar talks with some Zack Branigan, Executive Director of the Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy who helped make this playground a reality.
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John Keuvelaar is a college student at Midwest Photography Workshops and Delta College.

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