Grand Prairie — Kids across DFW now have a new place to play as the city of Grand Prairie celebrated the opening of PlayGrand Adventures on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
PlayGrand Adventures provides a safe and fun playground experience for children of all ages and abilities. The playground includes adventure areas designed to stimulate, challenge, and encourage development of several skill sets while providing social interaction, sense of discovery, creativity, and exercise.
“Our vision is bringing people together to change lives,” Cheryl De Leon, director of the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts, and Recreation Department, said. “PlayGrand Adventures does just that. It will touch many lives and will create many awesome memories.”
Currently, PlayGrand Adventures consists of two adventure areas. Adventure Zone is a high-intensity play area with climbing ropes, spinning globes, musical instruments and swing sets. Adventure Hill consists of slides, see-saws and play areas of varying heights and accessibility. Each area has different zones and features designed for kids of different ages, from 6 months old to 12 years old. The city plans to add even more adventure areas to PlayGrand later in the year.
PlayGrand Adventures is the final major project in Grand Prairie’s EpicCentral development, alongside Epic Waters indoor water park and The Epic recreation center.
“When I was elected in 2013, we had the vision to do The Epic, Epic Waters and PlayGrand Adventures,” Mayor Ron Jensen said. “We celebrated the two year anniversary of Epic Waters this past Saturday. It’s doing fantastic. Then shortly after that, we opened The Epic. Today, we’re opening the third, and what I think the best thing a city can do for its citizens, and that’s PlayGrand Adventures.
“I knew we were on to something big [with PlayGrand Adventures] because after I announced all three components at my State of the City address in 2014, [a mother] came and thanked us for this because she knew how important this was to the children and adults and wounded warriors not just in our community, but around the North Texas region.”
Davis Sargent, president of Stripe-A-Zone in Grand Prairie, saw first-hand the fun that can be had at PlayGrand.
“We brought Kyle [my grandson] to the park this past weekend,” Sargent said. “It was cold. It wasn’t a very pretty day, but it was tons of fun for him. We kept trying to get him to leave, and his mom asked him ‘When do you want to leave, Kyle?’ He said, ‘When it’s bedtime.’”
Sargent and his company is one of the sponsors for PlayGrand Adventures. He said as much fun as his grandson had at the park, it will be even more fun for kids who have never had the chance to play like this before.
“There’s a ride over there that you can put a wheelchair in the swing set, you strap it in, and then you can swing a kid in a wheelchair,” Sargent said. “There are people who have never been able to do that. They’ll now have the opportunity to have that little thrill.”
He added that PlayGrand has already started making a difference in the lives of special needs kids and their families.
“This lady, whom I have never met, said to me ‘I just want to thank you for helping with that park in Grand Prairie,’” Sargent said. “I asked how she heard about it, and she had a special needs niece, so I sent her an invitation to sponsor’s day. She drove from Crowley, and she was almost crying, looking at what is going to happen when she gets to bring her niece to PlayGrand.”
You can check out photos and video from the grand opening below:
Photos & video by Ariel Graham