COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - A first of its kind playground is just weeks away from opening in College Station.
Construction is finishing up now on the new Fun For All Playground. It's a project many years in the making and is the only playground like this in the region.
Kids and adults of all abilities will be able to play and exercise. The first phase includes a covered area for playground equipment, a splash pad, and swings for those in wheelchairs and more.
"I think people are going to be truly amazed at how many people it touches in our community. It's going to be fun," said Lisa Aldrich, Fun for All Playground Publicity Chairman.
The new playground is being privately funded.
"I think it's great that the Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary now the Junior League and Women's Club and all these service organizations are working together on this," she said.
The City of College Station is providing the space at Central Park as well as upkeep.
"This is will be the closest playground of this type within 90 to 100 miles. They've got other cities that do have these and again they're very popular but this will definitely become a hot spot for this area," said David Schmitz, College Station Parks and Recreation Director.
“It’s designed for everybody to be able to use and so if you’ve got families that have children that have special needs you know they’ll be able to play right alongside their other siblings," he added.
The first phase cost $1 million. Work on the second phase is expected to start soon
"We need $1.5 million for Phase 2 which will include Crow Field. Crow Field we can have events there Special Olympics as you know they have many, many events in our area. They'll be able to use this as there place to gather," said Aldrich. There's been a lot of fundraising going on," she added.
There's also plenty of room to expand on the 4.5 acre site. Future plans include a fishing pier and a veterans area.
The grand opening is expected to happen on August 2 at 4:00 p.m. It's located at Central Park off Highway 6 and Krenek Tap Road.
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