PHOTO: County Mayor Rogers Anderson, left, and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore read to children at the opening of a new storybook trail at Pinkerton Park Friday, March 2, 2018. / Photo by Brooke Wanser
By BROOKE WANSER
After announcing their partnership earlier this year, the City of Franklin and nonprofit Friends of Franklin Parks unveiled new storybook trailheads along a half-mile stretch at Pinkerton Park.
A downpour earlier in the week left the signage underwater, but by Friday the sky was sunny and the waters had receded.
Friends of Franklin Parks Executive Director Torrey Barnhill said she got the idea from park ranger at Long Hunter State Park, where they have the same type of trail.
Barnhill said her immediate thought was, “We have to have this in Franklin… It’s perfect, it’s for children, it’s getting them outside in nature, it’s reading. It’s just all things that are great about parks.”
The children’s book, which can be read on illustrated signage throughout the ADA-accessible trail, is “Over in the Forest.”
Incidentally, the ribbon cutting took place on Read Across America Day.
Franklin Mayor Ken Moore and Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson cut the ceremonial ribbon. Afterwards, they led a group of children through the park, reading the story as they went along.
Barnhill already has ideas for other stories she wants to be told. She hopes the city will introduce new stories each year at the park.
Ward 4 Alderman Margaret Martin, who spent much of her life as an educator, said she was delighted by the addition.
“It’s going to get the children away from the computers and technology and get them out into the open in the fresh air,” she said, “teaching them to read and let them have a new experience.”