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Paper: Fredrickson Park: From Toxic Hazard to Community Science Education Center
Volume: 389, EPO and a Changing World: Creating Linkages and Expanding Partnerships
Page: 73
Authors: Craft. R.P.; Warren, J.; Bridges, P.J.; Gilot, G.; St.Clair, P.; Sakimoto, P.J.
Abstract: Fredrickson Park is an on-going venture, the result of collaborative planning and development in South Bend, Indiana. This city park lies within a low-income residential neighborhood not far from the University of Notre Dame and until recently was a casual dump, an eye-sore, and a toxic hazard. Through a unique coalition of community organizations, the area has been converted to a prairie-ecosystem park available for community use, has become the home of the administrative offices of the Boy Scouts of America-LaSalle Council, and is the pilot site for curriculum-based field trips for children in the South Bend Community Schools with Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, and Indiana University-South Bend students assisting. Priority plans include enhanced nature and physical fitness trails with expanded earth and space science inquiry stations for school, Scout, and community use. In addition, a scale model of the Solar System is planned to start at the park and extend into the heart of the city. Fredrickson Park is a community success serving South Bend students and families through formal and informal science education.
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