Music Park opens in Maple Grove

The ribbon falls, marking the official opening of the Maple Grove Music Plaza Park, located at Town Green just east of the library. Ribbon cutters, from left, are Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson, Rotary President Chuck Beach, Rotary president-elect Susan Pryce and Maple Grove Parks Board chair Tim Phenow. (Sun staff photo by Peggy Bakken) Rotary president-elect Susan Pryce tells the audience about the many donations that made the music park possible. Also speaking was Maple Grove Parks Board chair Tim Phenow, right. (Sun staff photo by Peggy Bakken) Maple Grove Rotary President Chuck Beach welcomes guests and dignitaries to the music park opening June 13. Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson, left, and Rotary president-elect Susan Pryce stand next to Beach, in front of one of the musical instruments. (Sun staff photo by Peggy Bakken)
Maple Grove Rotarian Tom Anderson plays a tune for an appreciative at the Music Park opening June 13. (Sun staff photo by Peggy Bakken)
Maple Grove Rotarian Mike Kondzella strums a tune on one of the park instruments, accompanied by Alayna Gerads. (Sun staff photo by Peggy Bakken) Karen Mills of Maple Grove tries out one of the instruments in the new music park at Town Green. (Sun staff photo by Peggy Bakken)
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The ribbon falls, marking the official opening of the Maple Grove Music Plaza Park, located at Town Green just east of the library. Ribbon cutters, from left, are Maple Grove Mayor Mark Steffenson, Rotary President Chuck Beach, Rotary president-elect Susan Pryce and Maple Grove Parks Board chair Tim Phenow. (Sun staff photo by Peggy Bakken)

Maple Grove’s newest park is a hands-on, feel-free-to-make-noise venture. Maple Grove Rotary Music Park is now open, located in Town Green, between the library and government center.

Rotary members, city officials and community members gathered at the Music Plaza Wednesday, June 13, for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Instead of slides, swings and jungle gyms, the park will feature six large-scale Freenotes sound sculptures, stationary instruments hardy enough to withstand Minnesota’s theater of seasons, and inviting enough to entice residents of all ages and abilities to step up and make music. Each instrument comes with two durable mallets attached to the instrument with stainless steel cables. Instruments will be handicapped accessible, require little maintenance and are highly resistant to vandalism.

The Rotary has committed $56,000 to building and maintaining the park, which includes a maintenance fund for ongoing upkeep of the area.