Kids Kastle is Complete and Now Open

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The Kids Kastle playground is complete and opened for play on December 19, 2020. City staff, along with Play by Design, LLC, and small volunteer groups completed the work on the community build project. The new Kids Kastle is an all-inclusive playground with a play area for 2-5 year-olds and a play area for 5-12 year-olds.

Kids Kastle includes 60 play features, most notably (and requested by the kids during Design Day) is the 85’ long zip line, all-inclusive merry-go-round, the Woodland Fort Climber, a 24’ long Caterpillar, a 6’ tall Climbing Rock, the Apollo spinner, the Giant Meteor Climber and so much more. The surfacing throughout the playground is synthetic turf which is the only antistatic protection synthetic turf available and made in the United States. The surfacing infill is Envirofill which is the cleanest turf infill as it uses Microban antimicrobial protection to help prevent the growth of bacteria and microbes that can cause stains, odors, and product deterioration. We heard from the parents in the community that covered seating throughout the play area was needed so the new Kids Kastle features four separate covered benches and one large seating area under the 16’ x 16’ metal roof shelter with an outlet and USB chargers.

Phase 1, originally scheduled for March 23-26, 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19. At that time, staff was able to secure May 18-21, 2020 with Play by Design, LLC to construct Phase 1 of the project. City staff, consultants from Play by Design, and contract construction workers were able to complete Phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 was then scheduled as a community build for July 20-25. Again because of COVID-19, Phase 2 was cancelled.

“We had hoped to build Kids Kastle with the community, but with the restrictions in place due to COVID-19 we changed our direction. Families were ready to play on the new Kids Kastle, and given the year we have all had, we wanted to provide them that joy,” stated Mayor Charlotte Wilcox.

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 reached the end of its useful life and was in need of replacement. Voters approved funding for the community build in a bond election held in November 2018. The City contracted with Play by Design, LLC. The community involvement kicked off in September 2019 when a Design Day was held with Highland Village elementary schools and the community to gather their ideas for the playground. The consultant with Play by Design incorporated all the ideas, drew a schematic of the playground and presented to the community that same day.

The Kids Kastle playground is complete and opened for play on December 19, 2020. City staff, along with Play by Design, LLC, and small volunteer groups completed the work on the community build project. The new Kids Kastle is an all-inclusive playground with a play area for 2-5 year-olds and a play area for 5-12 year-olds.

Kids Kastle includes 60 play features, most notably (and requested by the kids during Design Day) is the 85’ long zip line, all-inclusive merry-go-round, the Woodland Fort Climber, a 24’ long Caterpillar, a 6’ tall Climbing Rock, the Apollo spinner, the Giant Meteor Climber and so much more. The surfacing throughout the playground is synthetic turf which is the only antistatic protection synthetic turf available and made in the United States. The surfacing infill is Envirofill which is the cleanest turf infill as it uses Microban antimicrobial protection to help prevent the growth of bacteria and microbes that can cause stains, odors, and product deterioration. We heard from the parents in the community that covered seating throughout the play area was needed so the new Kids Kastle features four separate covered benches and one large seating area under the 16’ x 16’ metal roof shelter with an outlet and USB chargers.

Phase 1, originally scheduled for March 23-26, 2020, was postponed due to COVID-19. At that time, staff was able to secure May 18-21, 2020 with Play by Design, LLC to construct Phase 1 of the project. City staff, consultants from Play by Design, and contract construction workers were able to complete Phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 was then scheduled as a community build for July 20-25. Again because of COVID-19, Phase 2 was cancelled.

“We had hoped to build Kids Kastle with the community, but with the restrictions in place due to COVID-19 we changed our direction. Families were ready to play on the new Kids Kastle, and given the year we have all had, we wanted to provide them that joy,” stated Mayor Charlotte Wilcox.

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 reached the end of its useful life and was in need of replacement. Voters approved funding for the community build in a bond election held in November 2018. The City contracted with Play by Design, LLC. The community involvement kicked off in September 2019 when a Design Day was held with Highland Village elementary schools and the community to gather their ideas for the playground. The consultant with Play by Design incorporated all the ideas, drew a schematic of the playground and presented to the community that same day.

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  • The Phase 1 Build

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    09 Jul 2020

    Phase 1 construction of Kids Kastle is complete! Not exactly the way we had planned, but we made forward progress. 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.

    We know our community is ready to be part of the construction of Kids Kastle and they are ready to enjoy the playground again. We hope you'll join us for Phase 2 build in early 2021. Stay tuned for more details.

  • Kids Kastle History - Then and Now

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    26 May 2020
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    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.