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Lycoming County Sensory Garden to Open This Weekend

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LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP -- An oasis built in Lycoming County especially with children and people with disabilities in mind is nearly complete.

The Lycoming County Sensory Garden officially opens this weekend.

8-year-old Cierra Sonnen walked around and around to find her way out of a maze at the brand new Lycoming County Sensory Garden near Montoursville.

"It's very pretty. The sunshine in the middle kind of looks pretty. Sunshine kind of makes me feel joyful sometimes," said Cierra.

The project right outside the Lysock View Complex was built by the Lycoming County Master Gardeners.

"People need to be out in nature they get so far removed with their cartoons and the stuff for school and they can come out here and explore," said Christina Dorward.

Thanks to nearly $20,000 from gas impact fee money, the group was able to build a seating area, teepees, and a small water fall. The project was designed with people with physical and mental disabilities in mind.

"We've got the slope for wheelchair access we have the planting tables over there that are some for standing folk and some that for some that will be in a wheelchair,” said Dennis Dorward.

The sensory garden wasn't just made for kids and people with disabilities. It was built with everyone in mind a place where people can relax and just enjoy nature.

"I’ve always been around vegetable and flower gardens all my life it kind of bring back memories," said Mary McGee.

Mary McGee from Montoursville now lives here at the meadows. It's a park home personal care community just a few yards away from the sensory garden.

"I want to see the difference between what they had last year and what they have this year," said McGee.

Mary and others from the meadows won't be there for the official opening this Sunday. They are planning to stop by the sensory garden on their own sometime soon.