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Permanent literacy installation opening in Hamilton’s McLean Park

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:12 PDT, Thu May 12, 2022

A new literacy activity will be available in the Hamilton neighbourhood starting next week, with the launch of a new permanent StoryWalk® circuit in McLean Park.

The library and the city collaborated on the installation, which was also funded in part by a Rotary grant. A StoryWalk® is an interactive activity that combines reading and physical literacy, and is designed to guide participants through a picture book story in sequence while outdoors.

While the library has offered temporary StoryWalks® since 2019, this circuit will be available year-round. The StoryWalk® is free to enjoy rain or shine. 

Community members are invited to join the mayor, city councillors, the library board, and special guests at the official launch on May 19 at 10:30 a.m. at McLean Park. Register to come and celebrate the new StoryWalk® at 

“The Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise is pleased to be a partner in the permanent Story Walk at Mclean Park in Richmond,” said Marg Dixon, the club’s past president and current administration chair. “This was enabled through funding from Rotary District 5040 and Decoda Literacy Solutions, with both organizations believing in the power of literacy to change lives.” 

Community members can visit the StoryWalk® any time the park is open; simply start at the first sign post, located at the playground, and follow the sign posts clockwise along the trail. 

The first story featured in the circuit is Orca Chief by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. This story was chosen to celebrate Richmond’s ties to the sea as well as to showcase the vibrant Indigenous art throughout the book. 

The stories will be changed out seasonally to keep the StoryWalk® experience fresh. The selected picture books feature a diverse range of stories and illustration styles that are well suited to anyone from preschool age and up. 

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