By LAUREL HUSTER|Sep. 11, 2019 – 6:34 AM

 

Newnan kids now have an educational outdoor play area in downtown.

Keep Newnan Beautiful held an open house for their new outdoor classroom located at 14 Carmichael St. Wednesday.

The outdoor classroom started as a pollinator garden, but the vision was always for it to grow, according to Page Beckwith, director of Keep Newnan Beautiful.

Keep Newnan Beautiful was awarded the Niagara Cares Grant, which gave $10,000 to start the outdoor classroom, according to Michelle Ross, the HR manager for Niagara Bottling.

The grant program supports community initiatives related to children’s education, health and wellness where Niagara bottling facilities are located, according to www.niagarawater.com .

“We’re excited to bring an attraction like this to our local community to enhance our efforts in enhancing KNB’s mission of inspiring and educating our community towards greater environmental stewardship,” said Beckwith.

Beckwith and Ross said that they have been working towards the outdoor classroom for about three years now.

“It’s pretty cool to see something that started years ago turn into this,” Ross said.

The outdoor classroom will allow local teachers to lead lessons through hands-on experience.

Features of the classroom include a sensory path, outside “light bright,” sensory activity maze, tire bamboo jasmine hut, tic-tac-toe boards, giant Jenga game and various building blocks.

Keep Newnan Beautiful will continue to add on to the classroom through the fall. There will be an official ribbon-cutting in the coming months.