Ernie Roberts Park, DeSoto’s first handicap-friendly park, shall be accomplished in December

DeSoto will break the ground in Ernie Roberts Park on Friday, according to the city’s website.

Last year, DeSoto City officials approved their Parks, Recreation, Open-Space & Trails Master Plan, which identified the need to replace, improve and expand inclusive play offerings within the playground system.

In June, Whirlix Design council donated $ 500,000 to design and build the playground at 515 Pleasant Run Road between North Hampton Road and North Polk Streets.

This park is designed as a place for disabled children to play, but according to the city of DeSoto, it will serve in its entirety. Park renderings show a playground with various integrative elements such as ramps, puzzles, carousel, zip line swing, instruments and soft surfaces that make it easier for children with mobility aids to navigate.

“Most parks and playgrounds are designed for able-bodied children,” said deputy park director Chase Ellis in June. “Inclusive playgrounds ensure physical and social inclusion where everyone can play together. Inclusive play promotes understanding, breaks down prejudices and supports social integration. “

The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and city officials say the park will be ready by December.

Marchelle Simpson (center) pushes her children Kyla (4) (left) and Kyre (2) on the swings in Grimes Park in DeSoto, Texas on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

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