Cameron County is pleased to announce the opening of the new All-Inclusive Playground and Park Improvements at La Esperanza Community Park-Cameron Park located at 2 100 Gregory A venue, in Brownsville, Texas. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for the 19th of April at 9:30 a.m.
In the normal course of replacing aging playground equipment, County Commissioner Alex Dominguez and Parks Director Joe E. Vega saw the need to improve the facilities for kids of all abilities. The new all-inclusive playground facility is universally designed to create a myriad of play opportunities for special needs children. The playground will provide maximum American Disability Act (ADA) accessibility and is constructed with shaded structures. This playground is the first in both the County Park System and in Brownsville. The new facility also include improvements to the existing restrooms and a new ADA Family Restroom.
The all-inclusive playground was made possible through a grant in the amount of $500,000 from the Valley Baptist Legacy Foundation (VBLF). The improvements to the Family ADA Restrooms were made possible through in kind donations for construction services and materials from Noble Texas Builders, Ethos Engineering, Cantu ‘s Plumbing Inc., Golden Concrete, Pete’s Electric, and RGV Alliance. A monetary donation of $30,000 from Rodeo Dental supported improvements of the playground and restrooms. Additionally, upon request by the Park Department members and Commissioner Dominguez and his staff, the four individual Lions Clubs of Brownsville agreed to graciously donate $5,000 each for a total of$20,000 toward the development of this project and the Brownsville Independent School District Centennial Foundation donated a (12 ‘x 12 ‘) shade structure for the benefit of playground guests.
Cameron County Commissioner Pet. 2 Alex Dominguez stated, “all too often special needs children and their families are left out of the simple joys in life. This playground will provide a fun family space where all kids can play. We worked hard for this project, and hopefully, it will play an important role in helping to create an initiative for the implementation of more projects like this in the future. Thank you, Legacy Foundation and all donors for making this project a reality.”
Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino stated, “the All-Inclusive Playground will allow kids, both able bodied and special needs to partake and explore the fun, educational and inclusive opportunities that this playground will offer. We hope our families will enjoy this play environment for years to come.”
“The All Inclusive Playground concept is certainly a much needed program to reach more children, or people in general, for a better quality of life. The Legacy Foundation is proud to be a partner in this project” said Randy Baker, Executive Director of the Legacy Foundation.
Cameron County Parks Director Joe E. Vega stated, “This new development will allow children the opportunity to enjoy a playful experience and connect with peers of different backgrounds and abilities. This project is a great example of a public, private and non-profit partnership. Thank you to all partners for helping us improve the quality of life for all the children of Cameron County.”
The playground contractor on this project is Experplay, Inc.
The ADA Family Restrooms contractor on this project is Noble Texas Builders