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New Play Area Available At Warner Park Nature Center

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - You'd be hard pressed to find someone who doesn't enjoy walking the grounds of the Warner Park Nature Center and that goes for children as well.

However, up until recently, a walk through the park might have been a little frustrating for the younger guests.

But that's no longer the case.

Normally, the Warner Park Nature Center is a great place for walking. Flora and fauna are everywhere, but for the most part, it's been look, appreciate but don't touch.

But that's changing, thanks to the center's new play area.

"We want people to stay on the trail. We don't want nature disturbed in the natural parts of the park. So we don't want people to pick things or take things home or dig or go off trail. And this area is designed for people, children to do exactly the opposite of that," said center director Vera Vollbrecht.

There's Crenshaw Cabin and the muddy hill is pretty popular.

During a recent visit, Gina Whitney enjoyed the area with four children. It was their visit.

"I think it's cool because it forces the kids to think about play in a different way because it doesn't spell it out for them," she said.

And the moms all agree that a day at the play area beats hours spent playing video games and watching TV.

"Kids would prefer to play outside they just sometimes don't realize it. They have to be encouraged. Oh yeah, there is fun to be had out here. I don't have to be entertained constantly by another source," she said.

"This place is like paradise," said one child.

Carrie Sharn said the visit has had a real effect on her homeschooled children.

"We can read about decay. We can read about fall and the different cycles that things go through, but when you come here and you look at the leaves and look at the different things that are happening inside, it's wonderful to see all the stuff that's going on underneath the earth this time of year," she said.

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