Rockwall introduces new, barrier free playground at Yellowjacket Park

Ribbon Cutting Event Set for Aug 8

ROCKWALL,TX. (July 22, 2015) The redevelopment of Yellowjacket Park includes a new barrier free playground amenity. This shaded play structure was designed for children and adults of all abilities.

The Rockwall City Council studied how it could develop a barrier-free park that would accommodate a wide range of special needs.  Through a public hearing, the Park Board received comments from citizens to give their ideas on the types of elements needed in a specialized park.  There was overwhelming support for the project.  The City Council funded the $492,000 improvements with park land dedication fees and unused park improvement bond funds.

The new playground will be completed in August and will accommodate a variety of needs with a mixture of special amenities, including:

  • 5100 square feet of shade structure;
  • 100% rubber surfaces;
  • music, play, and sensory panels;
  • swing with high backs for upper body support;
  • multiple ramps;
  • bouncing and spinning elements; and
  • the entire playground will be enclosed with fencing.

Yellowjacket Park was selected as the preferred site due to its central location in Rockwall, existing restroom facilities, and parking.  The City of Rockwallwill host a ribbon cutting on Saturday, August 8th from 9:30 – 11:00 AM, 995 Yellowjacket Lane.  All citizens are invited to help celebrate the occasion.

Submitted by Judy Evans.

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