Kids Kastle Community Build

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Phase 1 construction of Kids Kastle is complete! Not exactly the way we had planned, but we are moving forward. And that is good news.

We had originally set March 23-26 for the community to build Phase 1 of our new Kids Kastle playground. Much work had been done to prepare; volunteer committees were formed and were working to promote, raise funds, arrange food donations, provide tools and supplies, and secure volunteers. City staff had prepared the site, made plans, and set schedules. We were ready to begin building on March 23. That all changed on March 16 with local disaster orders and stay-at-home mandates due to COVID-19.

Unsure of how long our COVID Quarantine would last, we were able to schedule May 18-21 with Play by Design. We closely watched the orders from the County and the State hoping we’d be able to begin building the playground on May 18. We were also closely watching the Kids Kastle site. Further delays would undo the prep work we’d already completed. Holes had been dug, equipment was onsite, tents were set up for work stations, and more.

When Governor Abbott issued his “Open Texas” plan, we were on the road to beginning construction of the new Kids Kastle. We confirmed with Play by Design and again began prepping to build Phase 1 on May 18 with adherence to CDC guidelines for construction projects. Consultants with Play by Design, City employees, and a few construction contract laborers worked on Phase 1. We were able to complete the work because of the organization of the site, the expertise of Play by Design consultants, and the talent and drive of City staff and contract laborers. The goal was to have all the verticals up and all deck platforms screwed in place to secure the structural integrity of the playground. We met that goal. City staff will continue working after May 21 to prepare the site for a community build when it is safe to do so, hopefully later this summer.

We know our community is ready to be part of the construction of Kids Kastle and they are ready to enjoy the playground again. Be sure to register on this site to stay up to date on the progress and the Phase II build dates. We hope to be building with you soon!


Phase 1 construction of Kids Kastle is complete! Not exactly the way we had planned, but we are moving forward. And that is good news.

We had originally set March 23-26 for the community to build Phase 1 of our new Kids Kastle playground. Much work had been done to prepare; volunteer committees were formed and were working to promote, raise funds, arrange food donations, provide tools and supplies, and secure volunteers. City staff had prepared the site, made plans, and set schedules. We were ready to begin building on March 23. That all changed on March 16 with local disaster orders and stay-at-home mandates due to COVID-19.

Unsure of how long our COVID Quarantine would last, we were able to schedule May 18-21 with Play by Design. We closely watched the orders from the County and the State hoping we’d be able to begin building the playground on May 18. We were also closely watching the Kids Kastle site. Further delays would undo the prep work we’d already completed. Holes had been dug, equipment was onsite, tents were set up for work stations, and more.

When Governor Abbott issued his “Open Texas” plan, we were on the road to beginning construction of the new Kids Kastle. We confirmed with Play by Design and again began prepping to build Phase 1 on May 18 with adherence to CDC guidelines for construction projects. Consultants with Play by Design, City employees, and a few construction contract laborers worked on Phase 1. We were able to complete the work because of the organization of the site, the expertise of Play by Design consultants, and the talent and drive of City staff and contract laborers. The goal was to have all the verticals up and all deck platforms screwed in place to secure the structural integrity of the playground. We met that goal. City staff will continue working after May 21 to prepare the site for a community build when it is safe to do so, hopefully later this summer.

We know our community is ready to be part of the construction of Kids Kastle and they are ready to enjoy the playground again. Be sure to register on this site to stay up to date on the progress and the Phase II build dates. We hope to be building with you soon!


  • Kids Kastle History - Then and Now

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    2 days ago

    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.

  • Help Us Build a Better Kids Kastle

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    7 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 Woodland Fort 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