NEW ALBANY — Kevin Hammersmith Memorial Park is the Floyd County Parks Department's newest facility and it has many amenities including Romeo Langford basketball court, large shelter house and is home to the New Albany Little League.

It now also has a storywalk along its walking path.

The Floyd County Library, in collaboration with the Floyd County Parks Department, placed 20 story boards around the path featuring the book "A Big Mooncake for Little Star" by Grace Lin. Halfway through the walk is an interactive area for families to enjoy.

"We are thrilled to have the storywalk here at beautiful Kevin Hammersmith Park," Floyd County Library Director Melissa Merida said.

State Rep. Ed Clere, R-New Albany, praised the library at the storywalk ribbon cutting event Friday for getting out into the community in order to reach more people.

"The library has always been one of our greatest assets," he said. "This is part of a much larger story about the library in recent years."

The hope is to place another storywalk at Greenville Park next year.

"The library steps up in so many ways," Denise Konkle, president of the Floyd County Council, said. "This is just another way they stepped up."

Merida said the storywalk is a way for families to enjoy the outdoors, get exercise and read the book at the 20 stations.

"This was a wonderful merger of both the library and parks and recreation," Roger Whaley, president of the library board, said. "This place is more than just an athletic field and basketball court. It's now an extension of the library."

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