Healing Garden

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, full of activities that focus on stopping child abuse. On April 1, First Saturday in Downtown Frederick, we will launch the observance of this special month in the Healing Garden at Bonita Maas Park, 7 West Second Street, next to Magoo’s.

The park is home to the Healing Garden designed to remember Frederick County children who have died as a result of child abuse. After the 2013 death of a 2-year old at the hands of adult family acquaintance, local officials involved in the case sought a way to remember this precious little boy. They asked our organization to help find a place in Frederick to remember him. Nearly 18-months later, County and City officials gathered to dedicate the Healing Garden, a quiet space to remember and reflect upon the young lives lost in Frederick County to child abuse.

The centerpiece of the Healing Garden is the one-of-a-kind Whispering Bench, designed by a well-known sculptor, Jim Gallluci. The bench is adorned with pinwheels, the nationally-recognized symbol of a happy and healthy childhood.  There are two sound tubes-one at each end of the bench-that visitors can use to communicate with one another. While playful and fun to test out, the tubes serve a greater purpose, reminding us that children need to be heard to prevent abuse and neglect.

Between noon and 4, children visiting the park will get to “plant” a blue pinwheel in the Pinwheels for Prevention Garden. They will also get materials to take home to make their own paper pinwheels. Members of the Friends of the CAC will be on hand to explain the significance of the garden, talk about other planned events during the month, and answer questions.

The park also features landscaped gardens, benches and small tables, and a water fountain.

Driving Directions to the Healing Garden

From Route 15, take Rosemont Avenue exit. Follow West Second Street to North Bentz Street. Turn left onto Bentz Street, then turn left onto West Church Street. Take a left onto North Market Street for one block. Then turn left onto West Second Street.  Park will be on the right after Magoo’s Restaurant. There is metered street parking