Packaging A Park – Tyler Morning Telegraph

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BY KELLY GOOCH, [email protected]

When Katie Butts takes her 3-year-old daughter to the playground, her experience is not the same as some other parents.

Ms. Butts, 33, of Tyler, said her daughter, Ellie, has joint issues, and while some other parents are watching their children play, she is helping Ellie at the top of the slide and then catching her when she slides down.

“She can do it. She just needs some assistance,” she said.

But later this year, Ms. Butts will get to watch Ellie play independently on a new all-inclusive playground.

Tyler Area Ambucs, the city of Tyler, Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club and Child’s Play Inc., out of the Dallas area, have been working on a community playground project for the Southside Park area along the Rose Rudman Trail.

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Volunteer Project Coordinator Amanda Storer said the project will be a redesign of Southside Park.

The pavilion will be renovated to reflect the proposed project’s nature/clubhouse theme, she said, and behind the pavilion will be a bike rack and an enclosed sport court.

The redesigned Southside Park will also feature separate enclosed play areas for 2- to-5-year-olds and 6- to-12-year-olds, as well as a music garden.

In the music garden, instruments such as drums will be available for children to use, Ms. Storer said.

“It’s just a whole garden area that is landscaped,” she added.

Fencing also is part of project plans, as are foam surfaces topped with artificial grass and slides and swings. All of the project will be wheelchair accessible.

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