United Way ‘Born Learning Trail’ Opens In Jay. The Next One Will Be In Century.

July 3, 2020

The first of five Born Learning Trails was opened this week in Jay at the newly renovated Bray-Hendricks Park.. The next one will be in Century.

The Jay Born Learning Trail was made possible through a partnership between the early Learning Coalition, International Paper, the Town of Jay and the United Way of West Florida.

The Born Learning Trail, a United Way Worldwide initiative since 2005, is a series of 10 signs with activities painted on a park trail that offer fun, interactive learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers, and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or while playing at a park.


The next local Born Learning Trail will be installed at Showalter Park in Century, according to Naomi Kjer, market manager for the United Way of West Florida. She said the plans are confirmed and approved. The installation was delayed due to COVID-19, but should happen in near future.

After Century, three more trails will be announced for locations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

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4 Responses to “United Way ‘Born Learning Trail’ Opens In Jay. The Next One Will Be In Century.”

  1. Chris on July 3rd, 2020 10:12 pm

    Perhaps the first ones on the Born Learning Trail in Century could be the council members, since they obviously haven’t learned anything yet.

  2. James on July 3rd, 2020 12:07 pm

    Wonderful idea and thank you to all volunteers who took time out of their day to spread the fun of learning for our children. However, the town of Jay needs to consider repaving the trail due to uneven pavement where tree roots have grown under. This makes it very difficult to go on family walks with the elderly, small children and strollers. Not to mention, it is a MAJOR safety hazard. It will not be a good situation if someone were to fall and break a hip due to the lack of maintenance on the trail.

  3. Jay citizen on July 3rd, 2020 11:49 am

    This is a wonderful idea, but I agree with the previous commenter, the trail needs to be resurfaced or someone is going to get hurt. I go walking on it often and have to be careful near the trees because the pavement is so crumpled, it’s a hazard. The tree roots have grown through it. You can’t even take a baby stroller over it without having to raise the front wheels and then raise the back wheels as if going over logs in the middle of a road (jarring an infant baby). You can’t go around it either. I enjoy walking the trail but get so frustrated on that South West side. For a few years, in that same area there was old turf that was rolled up and you had to maneuver around. It’s finally gone, thankfully. The restrooms are another eyesore. They are never clean, despite the fact that they are so old, they could at least be cleaned regularly. This could be such a nice park, it’s sad that Jay doesn’t take more pride in it and keep it up properly.

  4. Austin Epps on July 3rd, 2020 11:03 am

    That’s great and all but the asphalt is so tore up from tree roots that somebody will one day either trip,stumble and /or falls because of it . The path is great but that is truly a problem on the south west side .

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