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Klyde Warren Park gets kid-friendlier with Imagination Playground equipment

Klyde Warren Park gets kid-friendlier with Imagination Playground

Imagination Playground at Klyde Warren Park
Kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas quickly got into the Imagination Playground equipment at its unveiling. Photo by Jennifer Smart/Klyde Warren Park
Imagination Playground at Klyde Warren Park
The different shapes of the foam objects allow for seemingly endless combinations. Photo by Jennifer Smart/Klyde Warren Park
Imagination Playground at Klyde Warren Park
Although sharing was the norm, some hoarding of equipment did occur. Photo by Jennifer Smart/Klyde Warren Park
Imagination Playground at Klyde Warren Park
Imagination Playground at Klyde Warren Park
Imagination Playground at Klyde Warren Park

Since Klyde Warren Park opened in October 2012, Dallas residents have had a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy. Daily exercise classes, a darling dog park and a rocking special events pavilion keep the crowds entertained. 

But arguably the most popular area has been the children's park, where kids can climb on rope webs, play in water, or look down on others from a tree house.

Now the park will have even more to offer kids with Imagination Playground in a Cart. Every Tuesday from 9 am to noon, through at least the end of summer, four carts filled with foam blocks, chutes, gears, sprockets, noodles, balls and other objects will be available for children to play with and put together in any way they see fit.

About a dozen kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Dallas were on hand Tuesday morning to be the first to test out the equipment. The objects were organized in specific bins, but once the kids were let loose, order quickly gave way to joyous chaos, with creations ranging from barbells to towers to tunnels.

Thanks for the equipment goes to Let's Play grant from Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM!, a group dedicated to offering more opportunities for play. Those two groups plan to either build or renovate 2,000 playgrounds by the end of the year.

The Imagination Playground equipment is not currently available in any other park in Dallas, and Klyde Warren Park could possibly add days if it proves popular. Based on the reaction at the unveiling, that shouldn't be a problem.