The Friends of Bowie Nature Park are in the final stages of providing a facelift to the park's Treehouse Playground. When Friends noticed that weather had taken its toll on artwork and the brass donor-recognition plaques, the group decided it was time for cosmetic improvements. Working with Chris Grayson, the Fairview mom who organized a massive effort for funding and volunteer workers in 1998, the Friends hope to complete the project next month.
The large permanently mounted art installations will soon be given a fresh coat of paint by local artists. The smaller children's art panels have been completely recreated by the art clubs at Fairview Elementary School and Westwood Elementary School. FES art teacher Julianne Cottone and Westwood art teacher Tom Tjornehoj oversaw those efforts. The park department provided paint and brushes, plus staff offered their assistance with repainting the very-tall entrance-way sign. It will soon feature new monkeys, ladybugs and butterflies created by Fairview woodworker Billy Hall and painted by Bettye Hyche.