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All-abilities Park Opening in Plano

Plano Texas All-Abilities Park

UPDATE: The park is now open! Click here for photos of all the fun!

What was once the site of Plano’s beloved Jack Carter Pool is now home to the city’s first all-abilities playground at the new Jack Carter Park and opens on April 24th.

Located at 2601 Maumelle Drive near Schimelpfenig Middle School, the new playground within the park serves children with disabilities and includes experiences that involve movement and climbing as well as a mix of tactile, visual and auditory features.

The new playground is designed for children of all abilities to play, learn and grow together and offers a variety of sensory experiences for healthy development. The 2.61-acre park includes ample parking, trail connections, shelters and facilities that include accessible restrooms for all.

The renovation project included converting the outdoor pool into a pond with a fountain, overlook plaza and trellis. The pool, which was built in 1981, was closed in 2014 following mechanical and design deficiencies.

Complemented by a covered pavilion, water fountains and picnic tables, this type of project is a very significant piece to any community for its ability to foster diversity and inclusiveness, which is a huge principle of the city of Plano. “To me, this park represents unity by making all feel welcome with or without a disability,” said Dianne Dillon, adapted recreation supervisor for Plano Parks and Recreation. “I hope the community will feel and see the connection of having this all-inclusive park like I did when I went out and saw the wonderful equipment that can be used by anyone.”

Plano citizens and members of the media are invited to a special dedication ceremony on April 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the park with Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Plano Parks and Recreation staff and the Plano Rotary Club.

The Plano Rotary Club donated $50,000 to the City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department last year to help fund the $1.9 million project. The club presented half of its contribution in June 2016 to mark the club’s 70th anniversary and will present the other half at the upcoming dedication ceremony.

“The Rotary Club donation allowed us to add more funding to the playground, which enabled us to take it beyond a typical neighborhood park playground. The park provides unique equipment that is specifically designed for children with special needs,” said Robin Reeves, director of the Plano Parks and Recreation Department. “Without the additional funding, it would have been difficult for us to provide this type of equipment within the project budget.”

City Of Plano
Plano, Texas, is the largest city in Collin County with a population of 271,140 as of January 2015. Incorporated in 1873, the city is located 20 miles north of Dallas. Plano was recently named the third Best Run City in America by 24/7 Wall Street. The City offers a high quality of life that includes: nationally-recognized schools, award-winning parks and sustainability initiatives, designation as one of America’s safest cities by Forbes magazine, and a wide variety of multi-cultural neighborhoods appealing to families, young singles and retirees. Plano is home and future home to many major international corporations and Fortune 500 headquarters such as Toyota, Liberty Mutual, FedEx Office, JC Penney, Dr. Pepper/Snapple Group, Rent-A-Center, Cinemark Holdings, Denbury Resources and Alliance Data Systems. The dynamic community features excellent restaurants, vibrant shopping and entertainment venues, a lively historic downtown district and active local arts scene. Easy access to DART light rail and major highways makes Plano a convenient place to live, work and visit.

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