Kadena opens nature play area

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Photo by Ryan Burger
Photo by Ryan Burger

Kadena opens nature play area

by: Gordon Murdock, 18th Force Support Squadron | .
Kadena Air Base | .
published: October 18, 2014

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 18th Force Support Squadron officially opened a new Nature Play Area at Marek Park on Kadena Sept. 30, 2014. U.S. Air Force Col. Debra Lovette, 18th Mission Support Group commander, provided comments about the park and then cut the ribbon joined by personnel from 18th FSS, 18th Contracting Squadron and 718th Civil Engineer Squadron.

The 17,000 square foot play area features a walking path through several stations of play where children can climb, create art, dig in the sand and more limited only by their imagination...and their mom or dad. The idea is a departure from traditional playgrounds and is intended to promote creative play in a natural setting.

This project was funded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense with more such play areas being constructed at installations throughout the world. Here at Kadena, the project was completed 60 days ahead of schedule thanks to the efforts of 18th CONS personnel.      

"Kadena was the first Pacific Air Forces base to complete construction of this nature-themed park", said Col. Kathleen Weatherspoon, 18th FSS commander. "It's a wonderful addition to the community and will provide parents with young children a unique nature experience."