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Northeast Times | December 8, 2019

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New All Access Playground to Open in Haltom City

New All Access Playground to Open in Haltom City
  • The Grand Opening for our new All Access Playground in Haltom
    City 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 cookies
    and hot cocoa, along with a visit from Santa Claus. We are also happy to welcome a
    group of special needs students from Haltom Middle School as our VIP guests, to try out
    our new playground for themselves.
    The new all-access playground is south of the entryway at Haltom Road Park. It
    has wheelchair accessible play structures, as well as musical and sensory elements.
    Twenty-three additional parking spaces have recently been added to accommodate
    more cars. Haltom City Parks and Recreation Director Christi Pruitt said “Staff and the
    Parks Board all agreed Haltom Road Park was the ideal location for this special
    playground, the first in Haltom City. Situated alongside the Veterans Memorial, we
    believe 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,membersoftheHaltomCityParksBoardbeganexploredtheadditionofa
    handicapped accessible playground to one of our parks. After conducting extensive
    research 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 invited
    teachers and families of students with special needs to attend meetings, share their
    challenges and describe features they would like to see in a playground. The goal was to
    ensure their children & students could engage with, and play alongside, any other child
    or student. During the process, Pruitt attended a PlayCore professional development
    session to learn about research-based best practices in playground design. The initiative
    identified strategic partnerships, such as schools, non-profits and local advocates, who
    share the goal of building stronger communities through the power of play. GameTime, a
    commercial playground equipment manufacturer, in partnership with PlayCore and the
    Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), made a commitment of up to two-million
    dollars in matching funds for TRAPS agencies who submitted applications for assistance
    with the development of playground spaces that encourage best practice designs for
    active behavior. City staff submitted an application for the grant and were thrilled to find
    out that Haltom City was selected as one of the 2019 grant recipients and will be
    recognized 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 communities
    put research into action through the power of play and recreation. Congratulations to
    Haltom City and the 22 other newly designated National Demonstration Sites in our
    state.”
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    PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Photographers and camera crews are invited to drop by our
    event to get photos or footage. Please contact Julie Orebaugh (information above) to
    make arrangements.
    ATTACHMENTS: Artist rendering of playground, photos of actual playground
  • ABOUT HALTOM CITY
    Haltom City is a Northeast Tarrant County city of 43,000 hard-working Texans that take
    pride in their comfortable neighborhoods and the town’s unique history as the center of
    the Birdville Settlement and the original Tarrant County seat. Haltom City is a principal
    city of the DFW Metroplex located 6 miles from Downtown Fort Worth, 20 miles from
    DFW International Airport and 30 miles from Downtown Dallas.
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