Plano’s First All-Abilities Park Opens
Plano is now home to an all-abilities playground at the new Jack Carter Park.
Located at 2601 Maumelle Drive, the new playground within the park serves children with disabilities and includes experiences that involve movement and climbing as well as a mix of tactile, visual and auditory features.
“A donation from the Plano Rotary Club allowed us to add more funding to the playground, which enabled us to take it beyond a typical neighborhood park playground. The park provides unique equipment that is specifically designed for children with special needs,” said Robin Reeves, director of the Plano Parks and Recreation Department.
The new playground, part of a $1.9 million project, is designed for children of all abilities to play, learn and grow together and offers a variety of sensory experiences for healthy development. The 2.61-acre park includes ample parking, trail connections, shelters and facilities that include accessible restrooms for all.
The renovation project included converting the outdoor pool into a pond with a fountain, overlook plaza and trellis. The pool, which was built in 1981, was closed in 2014 following mechanical and design deficiencies.
Complemented by a covered pavilion, water fountains and picnic tables, this type of project is a very significant piece to any community for its ability to foster diversity and inclusiveness, which is a huge principle of the city of Plano. “To me, this park represents unity by making all feel welcome with or without a disability,” said Dianne Dillon, adapted recreation supervisor for Plano Parks and Recreation. “I hope the community will feel and see the connection of having this all-inclusive park like I did when I went out and saw the wonderful equipment that can be used by anyone.”