Ole Asheboro Park & Kiwanis Nature Play Yard

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nature play yard 2This neighborhood park, located at 200 E. Gate City Blvd., consists of 1.38 acres of public art, walking trails, a pollinator garden, and a playground.

Ole Asheboro Park was donated to the City in 2006 by Lorna and Hermann Heyge, owners of MusikGarten, which is a world leader in early childhood music education that has its headquarters adjacent to the donated land.

The intent of the Heyge’s donation was to create a culturally diverse natural-area neighborhood park with a focus on children. 

Nature play yard 1

It was designed with a touch-and-feel nature discovery trail and natural play elements. Piedmont Land Conservancy, a partner in the donation and subsequent park development, was entrusted with the responsibility to ensure the land forever remains primarily green space.

In keeping with this vision, Parks and Recreation partnered with the Kiwanis Club of Greensboro to build the Nature Play Yard, a playground of wooden structures meant to help children engage with natural elements. It was designed by the Natural Learning Initiative, a research unit at the College of Design at NC State University.

Ole Asheboro Park Art

The park's three art pieces -- Stephen J. Fischer’s “The Act,” “Ribbons I” and “Ribbons II” -- were provided by a donation by the Bernstein family.