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'Nature play space' proposed for Williamsville's Glen Park

An area of Williamsville's Glen Park could be designated as a play space full of trees, logs, branches, rocks and pinecones to help connect kids with nature.

The space would be an alternative to the metal and plastic structures that make up many of today's playgrounds, said Village Trustee Deb Rogers, who presented the idea Monday to the Village Board.

The concept is modeled on an area of Reinstein Woods in Cheektowaga, which includes shelter building, a wooden eagle's nest and a touch-and-see table, Rogers said. A nature play space would require little to no start-up costs and would be made up of free elements found in the park, she said.

Ben Vilonen, the village's public works crew chief, suggested a field near Glen Park's Noll Nature Center would be appropriate for such a space.

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