On August 10, we celebrated the opening of our new Three Bears’ House in the Story Garden. All are welcome to come play daily from dawn to dusk!
This project was made possible due to many helping hands and support from individuals and organizations including BAE Systems, Beaver Mountain Log Homes, Broome-Tioga BOCES, Belknap Lumber, York Landscaping, The Rug Shop, Joey Worden, Larry Ostanek, Jim Eggleston, Joe Monayhan, and Ryan Hrebin.
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
The house was designed and built by students at Broome Tioga BOCES with materials assistance from Beaver Mountain Log Homes and a Community Impact Grant from BAE Systems Electronic Systems. In June, the house was transported, with the generous help of Sam Stoltzfus, to the Story Garden for final touches.
“We are so grateful to the students at Broome Tioga BOCES for their hard work and dedication in creating this amazing new addition to the Story Garden,” said Brenda Myers, Executive Director of The Discovery Center. “The Three Bears’ House is a beautiful and whimsical space that will provide hours of fun and learning for children of all ages.”
The Three Bears’ House is located between the Story Garden’s beloved Little Blue Truck and the new DICK’S Sporting Goods Chipping Challenge. The house features a Baby Bear door as well as a Papa Bear door.
Upon arrival in the Story Garden, the house gained a front step, thanks to mason Joe Monaghan. Then, Larry Ostanek, a retired Captain of the Binghamton Fire Department who donates his time building ramps for those in need, worked along with Jim Eggleston to build a ramp with railings to the Papa Bear door, making the house accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. Belknap Lumber generously donated the materials for the ramp. Their contributions have made the Story Garden a more accessible and welcoming place for all children.