700 children celebrated the end of one playground and the beginning of a new accessible playground

Mayor Joe Adame, along with representatives of the Junior League of Corpus Christi and the City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department, invited the community to join them for a special “Kids Place Ultimate Play Day.”

The “Kids Place Ultimate Play Day” event was an amazing event to say good-bye to a favorite playground that will be demolished and replaced by a brand-new up-to-date accessible playground. 700 participants took part in a wide variety of exciting activities that the whole families enjoyed.

Mayor Joe Adame said at the kickoff, “Today is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. We can’t wait to see the new era of families being able to experience this special place.”

The plans are to completely rebuild Kids Place, which was constructed in 1991 in Cole Park as a result of a community effort spearheaded by the Junior League.  It helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of that organization.  As was the case then, the Junior League of Corpus Christi has been activity involved in planning for the new structure.

The $400,000 project is a component of $2.5 million of improvements to Cole Park, which were approved by voters as part of the 2008 Bond Issue.  Once completed, the new Kids Place will provide such things as six slides, three swing sets, a rock climbing feature, shade structures and more.  Parks and Recreation officials say the new facility will also be completely ADA accessible with interlocking tiles for surfacing and will provide added playability for as many as 400 children at one time. In addition, the new design has great line-of-sight to improve security on the playground.

Officials say construction of the new Kids Place is expected to actually get underway in late April of this year.  That facility and all of the Bond 2008 improvements at Cole Park are expected to be completed around the end of March 2012.

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