New playground for all ages and abilities will bring more fun to Tyler park

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Attention children of all ages: a new playground is coming to Tyler's Southside Park, and you are going to love it.

Three groups have teamed up with the City of Tyler to design the playground, which will be accessible for just about everyone. The Tyler Area AMBUCS, Tyler Sunrise Rotary, and Child's Play Incorporated worked with the city and have proposed a beautiful, all-inclusive playground that will replace the current structure at Southside Park in Tyler.

"Getting our children fit and active is an important part of maintaining a healthy community," said Parks Director Stephanie Rollings. "A great facility like this will give children and parents, of all abilities, the opportunity to play and enjoy the outdoors."

The new and improved park will include two age-appropriate playgrounds, an enclosed sports court, an updated pavilion, and a music garden. The music garden will have areas for children to play some instruments like bongos, Rollings said, noting that they are all instruments with low tones, so they won't sound intrusive to those who live nearby. It will also include ramps and turf to make it easier for children, parents, and anyone in a wheelchair to access.

The proposed playground will be funded through donations solicited from the community.Once the funds are raised, the donation will need to be officially accepted by the City Council.

A community build is scheduled for June, subject to completion of fundraising. Leading up to the build, installation crews with Child's Play Incorporated will lay out the playground and the City of Tyler Parks Department will do the concrete work.

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