We are excited to introduce to you our Park characters, Blue the Heron, Tulsey the Turtle and Hazelnut the Squirrel, who will be representing the Park.
Blue loves the great outdoors and has a deep connection to our environment and the outside. Herons migrate alone or with a flock from Southern Canada, over the United States, to South America. On the trip south this year, Blue spotted Gathering Place from up in the sky. Impressed by the Wetland Gardens and Adventure Playground, Blue decided to make Gathering Place home. The Arkansas River is Blue’s favorite place to watch for fish and make new friends.
Favorite Food: Sushi, hold the rice
Favorite Ice Cream at Redbud Cafe: Caramel
Favorite Book: Henry the Impatient Heron
Favorite Color: Pink like my glasses
Likes: Canoeing, catching butterflies, making new friends
Dislikes: Windy days, loud sounds
Tulsey loves playing all types of sports, including the four sports we host at the Sport Courts: basketball, volleyball, soccer, and street hockey. Tulsey also loves the skate track and BMX pump track, but he’s still learning how to ride a scooter. Since Tulsey grew up along the Arkansas River, he loves the water! Tulsey is most looking forward to the canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats opening next Spring at Peggy’s Pond!
Birthplace: Arkansas River
Favorite Food: Crickets and Carrots
Favorite Ice Cream at Redbud Cafe: White Chocolate Raspberry
Favorite Book: How the Turtle Got Its Shell
Favorite Color: Orange like a basketball
Likes: Learning to ride my scooter, eating new foods, walking along the river
Dislikes: Running, winter, soup
Hazelnut is a loyal friend with a passion for literacy and the arts. She lived in the Reading Tree during the construction of Gathering Place, watching it come to life from start to finish. She also loves to dance, so watch for her busting a dance move with the Gather Round Crew! Hazelnut can’t wait to join story time at the Reading Tree or explore the Cabinet of Wonder in the Boathouse.
Birthplace: Near the Reading Tree
Favorite Food: Nuts and fruit
Favorite Ice Cream at Redbud Cafe: Butter Pecan
Favorite Book: Squirrel’s Acorn
Favorite Color: Brown like trees, dirt, and acorns
Likes: Digging, reading, exploring new things
Dislikes: Dogs, rain, naps