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Durango company makes outdoor musical instruments for childrens parks

Updated: 08/22/2014 6:59 PM | Created: 08/22/2014 6:54 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

DURANGO, Colorado - In the world of playground equipment, you often see slides and swings, but one company in Durango is looking to change that tune.

In a warehouse workshop in Durango, Freenote Harmony Parks makes music.

"We make outdoor musical instruments from common construction materials," explained Donna Codd, CEO of Freenote Harmony Park. "There are no wrong notes."

Codd showed just how easy it is to play these instruments that the company hopes will get kids interested in music.

"It's a way to get music out to everybody," she said.

Just a short trip down the road, we found some of Freenote Harmony Park's instruments in play.

"My 3-year-old totally gravitated toward it," said Sharla Spencer.

Spencer and her family had a little fun this afternoon on the outdoor instruments.

"Playgrounds are fun, but this is something totally different for them to experience," she said.

Even better, the instruments are designed to always be in tune.

"These are outdoor musical instruments that anybody can play, that anybody can enjoy," said Codd.

She said the instruments serve a larger purpose.

"Music is therapeutic for the soul; when you play music you just feel it…it's a good feeling."

Freenote Harmony Park will be featured on 'Innovations with Ed Begley Jr." on the Discovery Channel at 5:00am on Monday August 25th.

There are instruments installed all over the state of New Mexico, the parks include:

Taos Integrated School of the Arts - Taos, New Mexico

Kirtland AFB Maxwell CDC - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Kirtland AFB-Gibson CDC - Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

Holloman AFB CDC - Alamogordo, New Mexico

La Ladera Park - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Shining Star Preschool - Rio Rancho, New Mexico

Grants ECDC - Grants, New Mexico

Los Alamos County Parks Division - Los Alamos, New Mexico

Montessori One Preschool Academy - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Swan Park - Santa Fe, New Mexico

A Park Above - Rio Rancho, New Mexico


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