New All Access Playground to Open in Haltom City
The Grand Opening for our new All Access Playground in HaltomCity will be on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. located at Haltom Road Park,3113 Haltom Rd. The community is invited, and we will be serving Christmas cookiesand hot cocoa, along with a visit from Santa Claus. We are also happy to welcome agroup of special needs students from Haltom Middle School as our VIP guests, to try outour new playground for themselves.The new all-access playground is south of the entryway at Haltom Road Park. Ithas wheelchair accessible play structures, as well as musical and sensory elements.Twenty-three additional parking spaces have recently been added to accommodatemore cars. Haltom City Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt said “Staff and theParks Board all agreed Haltom Road Park was the ideal location for this specialplayground, the first in Haltom City. Situated alongside the Veterans Memorial, webelieve it will create a multi-generational educational play space for all of our visitors.”Construction of the playground and additional parking spaces began in September.In2017,membersoftheHaltomCityParksBoardbeganexploredtheadditionofahandicapped accessible playground to one of our parks. After conducting extensiveresearch and sharing their findings with city staff, installation of an “all-access”
playground at one of our parks became a top priority. Board members and staff invitedteachers and families of students with special needs to attend meetings, share theirchallenges and describe features they would like to see in a playground. The goal was toensure their children & students could engage with, and play alongside, any other childor student. During the process, Pruitt attended a PlayCore professional developmentsession to learn about research-based best practices in playground design. The initiativeidentified strategic partnerships, such as schools, non-profits and local advocates, whoshare the goal of building stronger communities through the power of play. GameTime, acommercial playground equipment manufacturer, in partnership with PlayCore and theTexas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), made a commitment of up to two-milliondollars in matching funds for TRAPS agencies who submitted applications for assistancewith the development of playground spaces that encourage best practice designs foractive behavior. City staff submitted an application for the grant and were thrilled to findout that Haltom City was selected as one of the 2019 grant recipients and will berecognized at the 2020 TRAPS Annual Conference in February. Dr. Michal Anne Lord,Executive Director of TRAPS, said “We’re excited to once again help local communitiesput research into action through the power of play and recreation. Congratulations toHaltom City and the 22 other newly designated National Demonstration Sites in ourstate.”#### –PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Photographers and camera crews are invited to drop by ourevent to get photos or footage. Please contact Julie Orebaugh (information above) tomake arrangements.ATTACHMENTS: Artist rendering of playground, photos of actual playground
ABOUT HALTOM CITYHaltom City is a Northeast Tarrant County city of 43,000 hard-working Texans that takepride in their comfortable neighborhoods and the town’s unique history as the center ofthe Birdville Settlement and the original Tarrant County seat. Haltom City is a principalcity of the DFW Metroplex located 6 miles from Downtown Fort Worth, 20 miles fromDFW International Airport and 30 miles from Downtown Dallas.