New playground

New playground on Yellowjacket Lane

Yellowjacket Park in Rockwall is going to be sporting a new look — a new barrier-free playground.

City officials have scheduled a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playground from 9:30-11 a.m. Aug. 8 at 995 Yellowjackets Lane.

The shaded play structure was designed for children and adults of all abilities, according to city officials.

The Rockwall City Council studied how it could develop a barrier-free park that would accommodate a wide range of special needs.

The Rockwall Park Board received comments from residents during a public hearing to provide ideas on the types of elements needed in a specialized park.

There was overwhelming support for the project, according to city officials.

The Rockwall City Council approved paying for the $492,000 improvements with park land dedication fees and unused park improvement bond money.

The new playground will be completed in August and will accommodate a variety of needs with a mixture of special amenities, including:

• 5100 square feet of shade structure.

• 100% rubber surfaces.

• music, play, and sensory panels.

• swing with high backs for upper body support.

• multiple ramps.

bouncing and spinning elements

fencing around the playground.

Yellowjacket Park was selected as the preferred site due to its central location in Rockwall, existing restroom facilities and parking, according to city officials.

For more information about the city’s parks and amenities, call the Rockwall Parks and Recreation Department at 972-771-7761 or visit www.rockwall.com/parks.

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