The city of Plano is expected to open its first all-abilities playground at the new Jack Carter Park on April 24.

The 2.61-acre park, located at 2601 Maumelle Drive near Schimelpfenig Middle School, will serve children with all disabilities. It allows children to experience movement, climbing and a mix of visual, auditory and tactile features, according to a release from the city.

“To me, this park represents unity by making all feel welcome with or without a disability,” Dianne Dillon, adaptive recreation supervisor for Plano Parks and Recreation, said in the release. “I hope the community will feel and see the connection of having this all-inclusive park.”

The new park also has parking, shelters, facilities that include accessible restrooms, trail connections, a covered pavilion, picnic tables and water fountains.

The Plano Rotary Club donated $25,000 to the Plano Parks and Recreation department last June. This donation helped fund the new playground and park— a $1.9 million project.

“The Rotary Club donation allowed us to add more funding to the playground, which enabled us to take it beyond a typical neighborhood park playground,” Robin Reeves, director of the Plano Parks and Recreation department, said in the release. “Without the additional funding, it would have been difficult for us to provide this type of equipment within the project budget.”

Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, the Plano Rotary Club and Plano Parks and Recreation staff will hold a special dedication ceremony at the park on April 24 at 1:30 p.m.

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