City of Grand Prairie Opens First Phase of PlayGrand Adventures
Jan 14, 2020 08:52PM
On January 15, 2020, the City of Grand Prairie opened the first phase of PlayGrand Adventures, a free, 10-acre “destination” playground featuring ADA-accessible play equipment and creative play opportunities for children and adults of all abilities. Once the multi-phase project is completed, it will be one of the largest specialized playgrounds in Texas and one of the largest public playground (of any type) in the southwestern U.S.
In addition to offering outdoor play opportunities accessible to children and adults with special needs, PlayGrand Adventures will also include one-of-a-kind play structures and activities that encourage learning, cognitive/motor skill development, sensory engagement, social interaction, and physical activity for children and families—all in a vibrantly colorful, multi-texture environment.
Cheryl De Leon, Director of the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department said that the multi-million dollar project was funded and created with widespread support from the community.
“In addition to visiting and studying adaptive/all-access parks in Texas and California, we gathered community input and established a local medical review committee to guide us in our equipment selection,” De Leon said. “There is also an extensive community thumbprint throughout the park in the form of more than 1,700 hand painted tiles that were created by Grand Prairie students, local service club members, and other Grand Prairie citizens.”
Corporate sponsors of PlayGrand Adventures include Baylor Scott & White Orthopedic Spine Hospital Arlington; Hill & Wilkinson Construction Company; Stripe-A-Zone; Lockheed Martin; Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation; Grand Prairie Independent School District, and many others.
Grand Prairie Mayor Ron Jensen said the project is the latest entry in a growing list of Grand Prairie destinations and amenities that signify the city’s continued transformation into a premiere North Texas community.
“In the last few years, we’ve opened a resort-quality indoor waterpark, an enormous state-of-the-industry recreation center, new dining destinations and retail, and there is still much more to come,” said Jensen. “All these developments benefit our local economy and provide amenities that enrich the lives of our residents and visitors, but PlayGrand Adventures is extra special. It gives us an enormous amount of pride to know that Grand Prairie is now a place where kids and adults with special needs can enjoy a free outdoor playground experience they’ve likely never been able to access before—an experience that they can’t get anywhere else.”
MORE ABOUT PLAYGRAND ADVENTURES:
The final version of PlayGrand Adventures will feature nine play and discovery zones (Tranquil Adventures, Adventure Village, Adventure Stars, Adventure Challenge, Adventure Sports, Adventure Zone, Natural Adventures, Woodland Adventures, and the Adventure Hill), all designed with a blend of custom-manufactured and naturalistic play components incorporating a variety of materials, and all emphasizing inclusive play. VIEW A MAP. Once completed, the park will draw an estimated 250,000 or more users each year.
Visitors will navigate the playground via a meandering main path. Park amenities include family restrooms, free parking, picnic pavilions, seating and shade structures, and eventually a café. Park hours are dawn to dusk daily.
Phase 1, the section of the park that is now open, will serve as the home to Adventure Hill and Adventure Zone:
Adventure Zone – The Adventure Zone provides the highest-intensity play for all ability levels, featuring vibrant and whimsical play equipment and a wide variety of play opportunities, such as climbing, swinging, and spinning. Abundant shade and social areas are spaced throughout the play area. This zone includes a play area specifically designed for toddlers, with separated activities on a miniature scale.
Adventure Hill – The Adventure Hill provides visitors of all abilities the opportunity to experience varying heights and physical challenges at new levels. The playground will accommodate spinning, sliding, climbing and learning activities in ways traditional playgrounds cannot offer. Challenging opportunities expand as one climbs the ‘Hill’.
PlayGrand Adventures is one of a handful of destinations at an emerging recreation and entertainment development known as EpicCentral Grand Prairie, which is owned by the City of Grand Prairie and located along the southern corridor of State Highway 161. Other EpicCentral destinations include Epic Waters Indoor Waterpark; The Epic Arts, Fitness and Entertainment Center; The Summit Active Adult Center; and the GrandLawn Amphitheater.