Hope Park is continually receiving accolades on its design and the play opportunities it offers to children of ALL abilities. We have heard many wonderful and inspirational stories about siblings, family members, peers, and friends of different abilities being able to play shoulder-to-shoulder sometimes for the very first time! We have viewed this happening first-hand as we’ve quietly made our rounds to Hope Park in the weeks since it was built by the community in April 2013. Hope Park, located in Frisco, Texas (a northern suburb of Dallas) has made an amazing difference in the lives and perspective of their community.
A few weeks ago Leathers and Associates was forwarded the following email from Sean who was one of more than 5,000 volunteers who showed up during the ten days it took to build Hope Park:
Subject: Thoughts on Hope Park
My family and I attended the opening on Saturday and had a great time. However, it wasn’t until Sunday, when my son and I went back, that I feel like I really had a chance to experience the park.
It took me about 20 minutes to figure out what part of the park I had built since it had been early in construction, but I did and showed my
son. For an 11 year old, I think he was mildly impressed! The parking lot was nearly full mid-day Sunday, but both the Friendship and Hope
playgrounds were not too crowded. We really had a chance to see and try everything. I’ve never seen anything like it, and more than a few
overheard comments shared that opinion.
I heard everything from a wife describing to her husband the section she helped to build a few weeks earlier, to a middle-aged dad talking
with the excitement of a 5 year old that, “they have the coolest climbing wall!!!” All I kept hearing was, “This is incredible. . .this is so cool. . .” The thing I heard the most though were kids begging their parents to stay longer.
It was great to see elements in the park that I either have never seen, or haven’t seen in many years. No one seems to put merry go rounds in anymore. My son rode and pushed until he was exhausted yesterday. One of the larger swing features was perfect for my son as he is not very coordinated on a regular swing. He is autistic, but both elements encouraged him to socialize and work with others, which was fantastic.
I really just wanted to say thank you. Something like this doesn’t come without a vision and a lot of determination and hard work. All I can really say beyond that is INCREDIBLE.
We can’t thank Sean enough for his email about his trip to Hope Park with his son. Sean’s experience is why we believe in all inclusive playgrounds so much! Our design team considers play components that will challenge and accommodate typically developing children, as well as children with autism, hearing impairments, cognitive disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and other physical and developmental needs. If you would like to learn more about how to bring an all inclusive playground to your community we are honored to be of assistance! Just contact us and we’ll be in touch with you shortly.
Hope Park is located at 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco, TX 75034 adjacent to Friendship Park which was also designed by L&A and underwent a renovation during the same time Hope Park was being built. These playgrounds offer over 20,000 square feet of play opportunities. Click here to learn more about Hope Park and see pictures of these exciting new playgrounds in the DFW metroplex.
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