Coalinga community joins Aera Energy, the city and United Way Fresno and Madera Counties to celebrate opening of the first Born Learning Trail in Fresno County at Coalinga’s Keck Park
Fresno County parents, caregivers and their little ones have a new fun, and interactive learning trail to enjoy together at Keck Park. The community joined United Way Fresno and Madera Counties, Coalinga-Huron Recreation and Park District, and Aera Energy to celebrate the official opening of the learning trail at a ribbon-cutting and resource fair on March 26. The colorful and interactive trail features 10 stations that provide parents and caregivers a fun way to interact with children ages five and under.
The trail features activities in English and Spanish and is designed to spark a love of learning at an early age. Born Learning is built on three cornerstones: awareness, education, and action. It enables parents and caregivers to teach their children valuable lessons every day, without having to change their routine. Born Learning takes proven research and translates it into activities and educational tools utilized on the trail.
“What happens in a child’s early years matters,” said Lindsay Fox, president and CEO of United Way Fresno and Madera Counties. “The pandemic highlighted the fact that many communities have not been afforded the benefits of quality, accessible outdoor and green spaces. For this reason, and many others, we are thrilled to partner with Aera Energy and Coalinga-Huron Recreation and Park District on the installation of this trail.”
United Way staff and Aera employee volunteers installed the learning trail at Keck Park, the only park in the small but growing community of Coalinga, on March 18.
“We are thrilled to have a role in bringing the first Born Learning Trail to Fresno County and especially pleased that it will benefit the Coalinga community,” said Ali Zauner, manager of operations at Aera-Coalinga. “Born Learning Trails provide a wonderful way for families to learn and grow together, and they also encourage exercise, which is so vital to a child’s overall health and wellbeing. Aera believes in building stronger communities where we operate, and Fresno County is home for many of our employees, contractors, and their families too.”
This is the eleventh Born Learning Trail that Aera has sponsored and built in communities where it operates. Employee volunteers have helped build ten trails in Kern and Ventura counties, most recently at Weedpatch Park in the Kern County community of Lamont.
“The Coalinga community is so grateful for such a wonderful addition to our local park,” said Tyler Hensley, general manager of the Coalinga-Huron Recreation and Park District. “It’s so special for some of our youngest children to have an activity designed especially for them to enjoy with their families. Thank you, Aera and the United Way for making this a reality for all of us here in Coalinga.”