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Created for the young and the young at heart, Racetrack Park offers a different take on the traditional playground for the aspiring NASCAR drivers among us. Riders can race around the asphalt track on a selection of scooters, skateboards and tricycles, mapping their way through mock stoplights, short cuts, and colorful tire sculptures.

To adults, Racetrack Park is a leisurely version of a true driving experience – a real-life Mario Kart – but to kids, it's the real deal. This isn't a trike track, it's a high-octane racecourse satisfying their need for speed. Check out the pictures –pic6 469 x 312 you can see their imaginations running wild.

Child development experts say playgrounds are important to physical and emotional development, including motor skills, physical fitness and social interaction. But designs must also balance these considerations with the most important requirement of a playground – it must be fun. In order to do so, designers at Annapolis Landscape Architects drew inspiration from the play choices their own children make at local parks.

"Kids don't want swings or slides – they go right for the trikes," said Sarah Thiel, Architect. "Play vehicles allow for self-exploration in a way traditional play equipment does not."

pic4 450 x 299Only one month old, Racetrack Park has proven to be a hot selling point at Embrey Mill.

"It's a must-see amenity for visiting families," said Dorothy Morrison, Marketing Director at Newland Communities. "If kids were buying houses, we'd be sold out."

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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.