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Flat Rock to dedicate playground on July 16

The Bryan Playground for children at The Park at Flat Rock will be dedicated Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m., The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation announced.

The Bryan Playground at The Park at Flat Rock, the first public playground in Flat Rock, will be built in phases. Features include tree houses, bridges, slides and cargo nets and a climbing wall, incorporating natural materials and an innovative design to help foster children’s overall health and creative play. The playground accommodates disabilities as well.

“Through my work at Camp Pinnacle I became aware of the Beanstalk curriculum and adventure playground designs," Village Councilman John Dockendorf said. "The Village Council saw that the design and educational components developed by this company not only offered a unique play environment but also uses activities that focus on the prevention of childhood obesity."
The playground is made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Kendall Gibson Bryan and Eleanor deSaussure Bryan honoring their children Josephine deSaussure Bryan, Kendall Gibson Bryan, Jr., Eleanor Charlton Bryan Mathews and Sarah Huger Holyer.

“When my parents and grandparents both visited Flat Rock and lived here, coming from the Charleston area, they began a tradition that now continues with our grandchildren making happy memories here," Eleanor Bryan said. "We seized the opportunity to give back to the place that has brought our family such joy when we saw the wonderful plans for the Park. What a great place it is!”
The Flat Rock Park and Recreation Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by the Village of Flat Rock, North Carolina to help raise the funds required to fulfill the vision of a signature municipal park for the community. That vision includes opportunities for recreation, health, and education for all generations while preserving the natural beauty that draws visitors from far and wide to Western North Carolina.