Children soon will have a new place to play.

A sound garden is being installed between the Hardin County Public Library and the new Central Kentucky Community Foundation headquarters on Jim Owen Drive in Elizabethtown.

Davette Swiney, president of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation, said PNC Bank approached the foundation in early 2018 about the possibility of a sound garden and its location “made sense.”

“This natural location connected with the library and all of the children’s programs that they do,” she said.

The sound garden will feature colorful equipment in the shape of flowers children can tap to make noise and chimes.

“All of those things that we know help children’s brains develop and help with that education development process,” she said.

The equipment will be on a rubber mat and will be accessible for children with disabilities.

Swiney said the money to install the sound garden came from a $50,000 grant from PNC Bank, which also partners with the organization for programs such as Get Ready! Camp. The sound garden will be ready for use in mid-August.

Swiney said the new foun­d­ation headquarters is sla­ted for a late summer or ear­ly fall opening.

Trey Crumbie can be reached at 270-505-1747 or tcrumbie@thenewsenterprise.com.

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