In an effort to try and bring more people to the park, while at the same time improving the park, the Durand Charm Attractions committee came up with the innovative idea for creating a sound garden. A sound garden is a way of exposing children to music by allowing them to create their own. The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois generously awarded a grant of $15,815 to Durand Charm for completion of the project. A big thank you should be given to the Village of Durand for supporting the project and to Public Works Superintendent for installing the equipment. The Sound Garden was installed on Sept. 4th.
Initially the idea was to have volunteers create the instruments themselves but after getting the chance to see a sound garden in Buffalo, MN it was quickly realized professional equipment was needed to get the quality of sound and appearance needed for the project to be successful. Utilizing equipment from Freenotes Harmony Park Durand Charm applied for a grant through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with the support of the Village of Durand. In total the grant request was for $15,815 with the bulk of that cost coming from the purchase of the equipment, which was $14,315.