Kids Kastle Community Build

We are excited to share information with you on the Kids Kastle community build project. A little history, the Kids Kastle play area was designed and built by the community in 1994. Since that time many families have enjoyed playing at Kids Kastle. The structure has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of replacement. We are including the community again to help us design and build the new play structure.

A design day community kick-off meeting took place on Saturday, September 7 at Briarhill Middle School. Laura Sehn, the consultant with Play By Design, began by visiting Highland Village elementary schools on Friday, September 6 to gather ideas for the design of the new Kids Kastle playground. Students drew their dream playground and provided the consultant their ideas in small group sessions. On Saturday, residents attending Design Day entered Briarhill Middle School to find hundreds of student drawings lining the walls of the gymnasium. Laura sought ideas for the re-design of the play area from the children in attendance and the parents. She then retreated to an office and began to draw the schematic design based on what she learned from children and parents. At 6:30 p.m. that evening residents returned to Briarhill Middle School for the design reveal. View the 3-D drawing here.

Be sure to register on this site to ensure you are kept up to date with all the information on the Kids Kastle rebuild.

We are excited to share information with you on the Kids Kastle community build project. A little history, the Kids Kastle play area was designed and built by the community in 1994. Since that time many families have enjoyed playing at Kids Kastle. The structure has reached the end of its useful life and is in need of replacement. We are including the community again to help us design and build the new play structure.

A design day community kick-off meeting took place on Saturday, September 7 at Briarhill Middle School. Laura Sehn, the consultant with Play By Design, began by visiting Highland Village elementary schools on Friday, September 6 to gather ideas for the design of the new Kids Kastle playground. Students drew their dream playground and provided the consultant their ideas in small group sessions. On Saturday, residents attending Design Day entered Briarhill Middle School to find hundreds of student drawings lining the walls of the gymnasium. Laura sought ideas for the re-design of the play area from the children in attendance and the parents. She then retreated to an office and began to draw the schematic design based on what she learned from children and parents. At 6:30 p.m. that evening residents returned to Briarhill Middle School for the design reveal. View the 3-D drawing here.

Be sure to register on this site to ensure you are kept up to date with all the information on the Kids Kastle rebuild.

  • Kids Kastle Closes for Reconstruction

    19 days ago

    Kids Kastle and the plaza area will be closed for reconstruction beginning Dec. 2 through Summer 2020. The existing Kids Kastle will be demolished and the new community designed play area will be constructed. Staff is planning a pickup event early in 2020 for donated personalized items like fence pickets, tiles and paver stones. We will share the specific dates and times when they are finalized.The dredging of the ponds at Unity Park will take place during this time as well.

    Kids Kastle and the plaza area will be closed for reconstruction beginning Dec. 2 through Summer 2020. The existing Kids Kastle will be demolished and the new community designed play area will be constructed. Staff is planning a pickup event early in 2020 for donated personalized items like fence pickets, tiles and paver stones. We will share the specific dates and times when they are finalized.The dredging of the ponds at Unity Park will take place during this time as well.

  • Help Us Build a Better Kids Kastle

    about 2 months ago
    In November 2017 the City held a bond election for street and park improvements and the Kids Kastle rebuild was one of the projects identified. Voters approved the project at an estimated base cost of $600,250.00.

    Our goal is to use the funds that the voters approved, which will build a nice accessible playground. Our ultimate goal is to build a playground for people of all ages and abilities. This would be a state of the art playground designed to be safe and engaging for families with children of varying capabilities and to allow parents, grandparents, and disabled veterans with...

    In November 2017 the City held a bond election for street and park improvements and the Kids Kastle rebuild was one of the projects identified. Voters approved the project at an estimated base cost of $600,250.00.

    Our goal is to use the funds that the voters approved, which will build a nice accessible playground. Our ultimate goal is to build a playground for people of all ages and abilities. This would be a state of the art playground designed to be safe and engaging for families with children of varying capabilities and to allow parents, grandparents, and disabled veterans with limited mobility to actively participate with children and grandkids on the move. We are asking for your help in reaching this goal.

    We are seeking sponsorship to help pay for items like:
    • Improved surfacing that will allow adults and kids with limited mobility to easily traverse across the surface unlike engineered wood fiber which does not allow for a smooth, stable, and consistent surface for wheelchairs, walkers, and other mobility aids.
    • Larger, covered seating area
    • Additional play features like the Eagle’s Nest Climber and Climbing Caterpillar
    • Upgraded or larger inclusive merry-go-round, which will accommodate children of varying capabilities.
    This new vision of an All-Abilities Playground will better support social interaction, cognitive development and will promote and encourage inclusion with kids and adults with special needs. In addition, it helps children develop empathy towards children with special needs while playing with each other. We wish to build a playground for kids and adults with all abilities on all levels, where children and adults with disabilities can engage with their peers and feel welcomed.

    We're ready to partner with you! Contact us if you have questions. Sponsorship information

  • Come Build with Us! Sign up to be a Volunteer

    4 months ago

    We need the whole community to help us build the new Kids Kastle! Everyone can help, no special skills are required. We will need volunteers to help with construction, tools, food, special needs, public relations, fundraising, and even someone to help recruit volunteers! If you'd like to be part of this community project, go to our volunteer site to learn about the different committees. You can sign up right on the site.

    Kids Kastle Community Build - Phase I March 23-26 - Phase II March 31 – April 5

    Also, be sure to register on this site so we can...

    We need the whole community to help us build the new Kids Kastle! Everyone can help, no special skills are required. We will need volunteers to help with construction, tools, food, special needs, public relations, fundraising, and even someone to help recruit volunteers! If you'd like to be part of this community project, go to our volunteer site to learn about the different committees. You can sign up right on the site.

    Kids Kastle Community Build - Phase I March 23-26 - Phase II March 31 – April 5

    Also, be sure to register on this site so we can keep you up to date on everything about the Kids Kastle project.

  • Did you donate a stone paver, tile, or fence picket for the original Kids Kastle?

    4 months ago
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    Kids Kastle is home to stone pavers, tiles, and fence pickets with the names of Highland Village families. If your name, or your family’s name is on one of these and you’d like it, please contact us at hvparks@highlandvillage.org.

    Some stone pavers are in storage and available for pickup now. The tiles and pickets that are part of the Kids Kastle structure will be available for pickup prior to the demolition of Kids Kastle. We will establish a pickup schedule and share on our website, social media and print publications so please watch for that information.

    Kids Kastle is home to stone pavers, tiles, and fence pickets with the names of Highland Village families. If your name, or your family’s name is on one of these and you’d like it, please contact us at hvparks@highlandvillage.org.

    Some stone pavers are in storage and available for pickup now. The tiles and pickets that are part of the Kids Kastle structure will be available for pickup prior to the demolition of Kids Kastle. We will establish a pickup schedule and share on our website, social media and print publications so please watch for that information.