The new all-abilities playground at Jack Carter park is now open! This $1.9 million project serves children with disabilities and includes experiences that involve movement and climbing as well as a mix of tactile, visual and auditory features.
The park was built thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Plano. Like other city parks one area is geared towards 2-5 year olds and the other towards 5-12 year olds.
The 2-5 year old section includes a low slide, low climbing structures, a table with pieces that move, a small gong-shaped bell and a long section with different tactile and musical activities.
The 5-12 year old structure has a couple of slides – one made out of rollers and the other is really bumpy. The giant thing below, that looks a bit like a restaurant booth, rocks (with a fair amount of effort). The larger play structure includes tactile and musical areas.
There are also a few regular swings, a giant nest-like swing (above photo) and two large bucket swings. A fun conveyor-belt like structure looks like fun for crawling through too.
- The playground is right next to the parking lot, and not near the street.
- The bathrooms are next to the playground (left side of photo below), and a water fountain is on the other side.
- The original large, covered pavilion is nearby. It has several picnic tables underneath and I think it’s available for rent.
- There is a large bench with a shade over it (near the bathrooms) right in front of the 2-5 year old equipment. The other benches are not shaded.
- There is a second, smaller shade structure nearby (top middle of photo)
- The playground area does not have any shade
- The playground flooring is the squishiest stuff I’ve ever walked on!
Jack Carter Park Playground
Opening Spring 2017
2800 Maumelle Dr, Plano
park map (PDF)