The Mayor and City Council, with help from local kids, cut the ribbon on the new, inclusive playscape at Children’s Park Saturday, May 19, 2018.
The event celebrated the completion of the new playscape, which replaces the well-loved wooden structures that had been a childhood tradition in the community for more than 25 years.
Hundreds of residents and excited kids, attended the event and enjoyed refreshments, prizes and their first opportunity to explore the new playground. The playscape is an accessible and inclusive place for children to play and exercise featuring a poured rubber safety surface, wide ramps throughout, a roller slide, 4 seat We-saw, Expression Swing, Liberty Swing, Omni Spinner, Team Swing, and a therapeutic seat on the Zip Krooze.
The Liberty Swing is made in Sydney, Australia and allows children in wheelchairs the opportunity to experience the joy of having a swing in the park. It is the only swing of its type that is fully lockable and allows a maximum swing height. For more information about the Liberty Swing and locations where you can check out a key, click here.
Areas of the playscape may be sponsored by families, businesses or other entities. The family of Billy G. Moore, former Mayor of San Marcos and champion of the original playscape, has sponsored the swing area in the Lil’ Lost Lagoon. A plaque memorializes their generous patronage.
The $1.3 million playscape renovation, designed by Leathers and Associates, was funded through the City’s Capital Improvement Program with additional funds being provided through engraved fence picket sales, as well as individual and corporate sponsorships.
Project History: The Children’s Park playscape was originally constructed in November of 1992 and has served thousands of Central Texas children over the last 25 years. In 2013, due to the deteriorating condition, the playscape was added to the City of San Marcos ten-year Capital Improvements Plan and scheduled for renovation. Construction started in February of 2017 and was completed in 2018. The newly improved playscape is inclusive and safe for children of all abilities. The playscape can accommodate children ages 2 to 12.