DeSoto will inaugurate Ernie Roberts Park on Friday, according to the city’s website.
Last year, DeSoto City officials adopted its Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails Master Plan, which identified the need to replace, improve and expand gaming offerings. inclusive within its system of playgrounds.
In June, city council allocated $ 500,000 to Whirlix Design to design and build the playground at 515 Pleasant Run Road, between North Hampton Road and North Polk Street.
This park is designed as a place for children with disabilities to play, but will fully serve DeSoto, according to the city. Renderings of the park show a play area with different inclusive elements, such as ramps, puzzles, merry-go-round, zipline swing, instruments, and soft surfaces that make it easier for children to navigate with mobility devices.
“Most parks and playgrounds are designed with children without disabilities in mind,” Deputy Parks Director Chase Ellis said in June. “Inclusive playgrounds ensure physical and social inclusion where everyone can play together. Inclusive play promotes understanding, reduces stigma and supports social integration.
The groundbreaking ceremony takes place Friday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and city officials have announced that the park will be completed by December.