City of Dallas broke ground on a community supported “All-ability” playground at Flag Pole Hill. that will feature more than slides and swings. The layout of the playground, according to Dallas Park and Recreation officials, will consist of all-inclusive elements that will allow independent play for children and adults of all abilities.
The park and recreation department hosted a brief ground breaking ceremony, June 19, 2018 at Flag Pole Hill with Dallas City Council member Adam McGough, Park and Recreation Board President, Robert Abtahi, Park and Recreation Board Vice President, Robb Stewart, as well as representatives from area community organizations.
“Playgrounds are for everyone. They are places for interactive enjoyment. As an addition to our park system, Dallas Park and Recreation continues its vision to plan parks and build recreational facilities that benefit Dallas’ diverse communities and create livable neighborhoods,” said Willis C. Winters, director, Dallas Park and Recreation Department.
Construction and design of the playground will be paid for through a combination of 2017 bond dollars and generous matching financial support from the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation, the Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League, the Lake Highlands Exchange Club, and the Lake Highlands Women’s League. The idea and initial support for this project was initiated by For the Love of the Lake.
“I am excited about this project because the Lake Highlands community truly came together for the benefit of ALL,” said McGough. “Jordan Spieth and his family foundation created the call, and our community really
stepped up to answer that call. It is a huge honor that this playground will be associated with such a servant minded champion and that so many neighbors are the ones who contributed to make this happen.
The Flag Pole Hill playground project is expected to be completed by mid-September at an approximate cost of $750,000.
Additionally, parts of the playground will be constructed beneath trees to provide shade on hot summer days. During numerous community meetings citizens overwhelmingly asked that the beautiful live oak trees be preserved, and the playground design does just that.
“The mosaic of different surfaces and textures enhances access for those with mobility issues and inspires children of different ages to play with each other, encouraging learning and cooperation, while at the same time being sensitive to preserving the live oaks,” said Stewart.
The Jordan Spieth Family Foundation (JSFF) offers a platform for the PGA Tour Player and 3-time Major Champion to lend time, help grow awareness and offer financial support to four philanthropic areas that mean a great deal to him and his family: youth with special needs, junior golf, military families and pediatric cancer. “The Foundation works alongside many community programs within our mission to help families however we can,” Spieth said. This pillar is most personal for Jordan, as his younger sister Ellie has special needs. He added, “Hands down, Ellie is the best thing that ever happened to our family.”
A tangible grant to create something like the inclusive playground at Flag Pole Hill Park is an important symbol for the JSFF – it provides not only access to something unique for the families with special children, but also promotes the message of inclusion and togetherness for children of all abilities and all backgrounds. To see this come to fruition in Dallas, and so close to the Spieth’s childhood home, will be a very special moment for all involved. Programs with a focus on immediate recipient impact are target gift recipients. To learn more, visit http://www.jordanspiethgolf.com/foundation.
The mission of Lake Highlands Junior Women's League (LHJWL) is to instill a sense of community for young women in Lake Highlands through volunteer and social activities with a focus on raising funds for the beautification and improvement of the community. Since 2004, their flagship fundraising event Run the Highlands has contributed over $500,000 towards local projects, and their annual signature event Light Up the Highlands brings our "small town in the big city" closer together each year during the holiday season.
The Exchange Club of Lake Highlands focuses its efforts on community service to support child abuse prevention, public schools, public safety first responders, neighborhood non-profits and projects that improve the Lake Highlands community. For 57 years, the Exchange Club of Lake Highlands has worked to strengthen and unify the community through service to others.
The Lake Highlands Women’s League is in its 49th year of serving the Lake Highlands community through volunteerism and charitable programs. During that time, our active and sustaining members have raised over $2.7 million at our annual Holiday in the Highlands Home Tour and disbursed it by awarding college scholarships, donating to neighborhood organizations and schools, and contributing to local capital projects. We are so excited to support the City of Dallas and the Park and Recreation Department in constructing this playground at our beloved Flag Pole Hill and hope it will be treasured by all in our community.
For the Love of the Lake is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis. Their work ensures those who enjoy White Rock Lake Park actively engage in service to maintain the environment for future generations.