Local story trail aims to combine literacy and movement

  • Piney the Squirrel, the mascot for the new Riverside Park story trail tale, greets visitors with a smile and a prime photo opportunity. Piney was created by Penland School of Craft artist Day Dotson. The story trail is a parnership between AMY Regional Library, Blue Ridge Partnership for Children, Penland School of Craft, Williams YMCA of Avery County and the Town of Spruce Pine. (Submitted photo)
  • Williams YMCA Mitchell County Community Liaison Katie Willett smiles under her face covering as she places a sign in the ground advertising the new story trail in Riverside Park. The pilot story for the trail is called “Wonderfall” and follows the journey of a tree as it changes throughout the four seasons. The story mascot, Piney the Squirrel, is also featured prominently on the trail and is available for pictures with visitors. Piney was designed by Day Dotson and the trail project is a collaboration betw
In a new, collaborative endeavor, visitors to Spruce Pine Riverside Park can now follow a story trail to brighten up their walk around the park.  The current trail shares the story from the book …

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