City of Wildwood Celebrates a new Outdoor Learning Park donated by its Citizens

WHO: City of Wildwood and Glenwood Avenue Elementary School

WHAT: Grand opening ribbon cutting, placement of a 30-year time capsule by Pre-K students PLUS: DJ Chris Hines and Warrior Wagon food truck lunch for attendees and donors

WHERE: SOLCOW Park - New York Avenue and West Poplar Avenue

WHEN:Thursday, November 19, 2020, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

SOLCOW (Socratic Outdoor Learning Center Of Wildwood) is a joint venture initiative with Glenwood Avenue Elementary School, the City of Wildwood, and various private sector contributors. The park serves as an outdoor classroom for students ages 6 to 12 years old. However, SOLCOW park was designed to not only benefit the school children of Wildwood but also residents and visitors alike. It is open to the public daily.

The individual ingredients of the park embrace math, science and philosophy in a very contemporary manner as well as embracing recycling and sustainability. It also includes components of efficiency and adaptive reuse by using objects in multiple ways. Some of the components of the park are:


· The sundial utilizes the existing flagpole and incorporates a surface at the base that allows the pole to cast a shadow so that students can understand the relationship of the sun to the time of day as well as changing positions during different seasons. This is also useful to identify winter and summer solstice.

· The base of the pole is also the location of the sun and hence the center of our solar system.

· With the sun at the base of the flagpole, the planets of our solar system are positioned on a leisure lawn according to their relative distance to the sun. And since this is Wildwood, the planets double as various sized beach balls that also act as seats.


· The stage is made via recycling the existing exposed aggregate sidewalks that are laid in an organic fashion to project a more casual environment. Additionally, there is a “theater in the round” with seating on all sides.

· The seating consists of natural boulders that are loosely placed under the trees as well as a bench that doubles as the main sign for the entire park.

· A canopy over part of the stage acts as a central piece of art made from recycled steel beams that also holds the solar panels that power the parks electrical needs.


· The south entry to the park has the description of the park, lists the donors, and has an abstract laser cut sculpture of Socrates, the Greek philosopher (the park’s inspiration).

· The northern entrance is home of the dog fountain.

Other Components

· Bike racks (coming soon)

· Perimeter vegetation that provides a more secure edge as well as provides the opportunity for a garden.

· ADA accessibility

Donors Include:

· Anthony Joseph Gallo - Gallo Concrete

· Augustus Edward Johnson, Class of 1949 - Johnson Electric

· Ernest Valentino Troiano Sr., Class of 1946 - Troiano Concrete

· Harry Alfred Mitchell Jr, Class of 1969 - Mitchell Iron Works

· Harry Keithan James Jr - JRA Design

· Greater Wildwood Elks Lodge 1896

· The Lunch with Lynch Foundation

· Leonard Richard Catanoso Sr., Class of 1940 - Garden Greenhouse

· Lee Travis Watson - GeoScape Solar

· OceanFirst Bank

· W. Robert Hentges, Class of 1955 - ABS Sign Company

· Robert Herbert Wurz - Wurz Sign Systems

· Wilbert Clarence Morey, Class of 1947 - Morey Family Entertainment & Resorts

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