ArtsWatch Podcast - you can create music anytime at a Wilmington park

At H. Fletcher Brown Park, where Market Street meets the Brandywine, you can pound away on steel tubes, bongos, drums and chimes anytime you like.

They're all shiny steel, built to last and built to withstand all types of weather. It's a project of the Rotary Club of Wilmington.

Rotarian David Fleming said this and other features at the park came about in consultation with nearby schools at the Community Education Building and at the Friere Charter School. The club has been involved in building "education stations" at the park such as a reading circle and a place where children can grow vegetables.

"What we heard from the teachers is there's just not an opportunity for a lot of kids to have musical instruments they can experiment with and have a good time," Fleming said. "We thought this would be a great part of the installation."

Jonathan Whitney, a local percussionist who works at the Delaware Art Museum, said no musical talent or experience is necessary.

"You can come in and play rhythms you've heard in pop music or music of Trinidadian culture or Cuban culture, or just come out and listen to the tones and play different sounds," Whitney said.

The Jonathan P. Whitcomb Memorial Music Circle is named after a long-time Wilmington Rotarian, who died over the summer not long after receiving the club's highest honor for 'service above self.' Fleming said the club was able to receive grant support and important community contributions for the musical feature.

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Mark Fowser is a veteran journalist in Delaware.