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Mental wellness educational garden opens at PlayWELL Park

The world’s first children’s health education playground now features a MindWELL Garden Labyrinth to help bridge the gap between nature and mental well-being.

A blue archway at the MindWELL Garden.

A large, blue archway welcomes guests to the MindWELL Garden.

Photo courtesy of The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education

The MindWELL Garden Labyrinth, a playground feature that supports youth mental wellness, is open at the Poe Center near WakeMed.

The additions include five sensory stations, a wheelchair accessible trail through a shaded garden, and an activity station with suggestions on self-care and how to promote acts of kindness.

WakeMed’s PlayWELL Park at Poe is the world’s first health education playground. With stations like a Healthy Choices Maze, Nutri-Climb, and most recently, the MindWELL Garden Labyrinth, the one-of-a-kind park offers kids a fun way to learn about health.

Local artist Jane Cheek created a vibrant kinetic sculpture to celebrate the garden’s grand opening on Tuesday, June 27. See the sculpture and the new mental wellness-themed sensory garden for yourself Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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