Final plans for the city’s all-inclusive playground are in; meet a child who will use it.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Plans for the city of Stephenville’s all-inclusive playground designed for children with special needs have been finalized and you are going to like what you see.


The dairy-themed playground will be located at City Park and include unique swing sets for those using a mobility device as well as slides, climbing pieces, a seesaw and other sensory-rich devices.

“The total cost for this project is $400,000 which includes demolition, necessary excavation, all the play features and pour-in-place surface which is ideal for any form of mobility device to maneuver easily,” Kelli Votypka, director of parks and leisure services, told Beneath the Surface News.

Addie

The playground will give children like four-year-old Addie a place to play alongside her four siblings and other children.


“Addie is a vibrant, full of energy little girl with cerebral palsy,” Votypka said. “She loves to do everything that other kids do, so an adaptive playground is a huge deal for her family.”


Addie uses a power wheelchair and walker and both require a flat surface and ramp access for her to play with others.



DATE CHANGE FOR GOLF TOURNEY

The city and Waste Connections are partnering to host Trash to Treasure, a golf tournament benefiting the project.


The tournament will now be held on Friday, Sept. 17, at Squaw Valley in Glen Rose.

The cost is $500 per team (4 players).

Click here to register before the Aug. 26 deadline.

For those who don’t want to play in the golf tournament, but would like to donate to the playground, call Votypka at 254-918-1216 or email kvotypka@stephenvilletx.gov.