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It's safe to say Ken Alley Safety Park educates youth

Colin Adams
       Colin Adams stops bike riding for a quick smile at Safety Park.
      
Krystina Tabbert
Krystina Tabbert rides her bike through the streets of Safety Park.

Since 1999, young Schaumburg residents such as Krystina Tabbert and Colin Adams have visited Schaumburg Park District’s Ken Alley Safety Park, 421 N. Springinsguth Road, and the lessons they learn there last a lifetime.

Krystina and Colin are 6-year-olds who learned safety lessons in the District’s camps this summer. Both spent part of their summer in Safety Town Camp and “graduated” from the program in late July.

Safety Park educates hundreds of youngsters each year about safety awareness. The Park hosts programs including summer camps, open bike riding afternoons, group tours and birthday parties.

“I love camp! I learned about firefighters and policemen,” said Tabbert. “I think it would be good for my friends to learn about safety, too.”

Campers were visited by local firefighters and police officers, had time to ride bikes, learned traffic signs and how to approach animals, operated a real fire hose, educated on poison control, tried on firefighter outfits and taught the importance of bike safety in the mini town set at the Park.

Safety Park was completed in 1999 after nearly eight years of designing and building. Built to look like a mini town, the Park is comprised of streets, traffic signs, working stop lights and a railroad crossing, and many structures including a gas station, hospital, stock exchange, cultural arts center, school, train station, community center, village hall, court, police station, insurance office, grocery store, library and bank. At approximately 28,000 square feet and roughly ¾ acres, the construction cost of $380,000 was raised through donations, brick purchases and $60,000 from the Schaumburg Park Foundation.

The youngest area residents have felt like grownups in the mini town since the Park’s grand opening on May 22, 1999.

“My favorite parts are riding bikes and pretending I’m a police officer,” said Adams. “I make sure everyone is following the rules.”

Not only do children learn about safety awareness and practice the tips they learned in ‘real life’ situations during camp, they also make new friends and socialize “in town.”

“The tips will be good for when I’m older,” said Adams. “I’ll need to know these safety tips when it’s time to drive.”

For more information, call 847/490-7036.


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