The City of Dallas will soon break ground on a new “all-ability” playground at Flag Pole Hill, one that will consist of all-inclusive elements that will allow independent play for children and adults of all abilities.
The playground, which is expected to be completed by mid-September at an approximate cost of $750,000, will be paid for through a combination of 2017 bond dollars and matching financial support from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, the Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League, the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, and the Lake Highlands Women’s League. The idea and initial support for this project was initiated by For the Love of the Lake.
The involvement of the foundation of Dallas native and PGA Tour pro golfer Jordan Spieth is a personal one, as Spieth's sister, Ellie, has special needs. Helping youth with special needs is one of four philanthropic areas on which the foundation focuses.
In addition to the playground allowing for play for people of all abilities, parts of the playground will be built underneath trees to both provide shade and preserve the live oak trees in the park.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the playground will take place at 9 am on June 19. Participants will include Dallas City Council member Adam McGough; Robert Abtahi, president, and Robb Stewart, vice president, Dallas Park and Recreation Board; and representatives from area community organizations.