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. We hope you'll join us for Phase 2 build on July 20-25. We will follow CDC guidelines and all tools and equipment will be provided. No special skills are required! You can sign up to volunteer here. We hope to be building with you in July!


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. We hope you'll join us for Phase 2 build on July 20-25. We will follow CDC guidelines and all tools and equipment will be provided. No special skills are required! You can sign up to volunteer here. We hope to be building with you in July!


Tell your story

Kids Kastle has been a favorite play area for Highland Village and the surrounding community for over 20 years. Many memories have been made from the first community build in 1994, the second build in 2000 after the play area was destroyed by fire, all the way to 2019 with families enjoying the play structure. We are looking forward to building new memories with the upcoming build and re-designed play area. Let's not forget the wonderful times had at Kids Kastle. Please share the story of how you and your family have enjoyed Kids Kastle. You can include photos and video too! If you were part of the original two builds, we'd love to hear your story!

Thank you for sharing your Kids Kastle story! Are you interested in helping with the build of the new Kids Kastle?  We need volunteers to help with everything from food donations to the actual build. Learn more about it and sign up here

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    Swinging through the memories at Kids Kastle

    by ddleggett, 6 months ago

    When we moved to Highland Village in 2007, we did not have any kids. But I loved the park and would always bring visiting relatives to the park. I couldn't wait for my own kids to enjoy it one day. My own kids have loved the park since before they could remember. Looking back over my pictures of the park, I realize how much time we spent just swinging, laughing, and enjoying family. I loved Kids Kastle then and cannot wait until we get to enjoy the new and improved Kids Kastle - the swings, the slides, and all the... Continue reading

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    Hide n Seek and Nerf Gun Wars

    by MommaAmyTx, 6 months ago

    I asked our kids some of their favorite things about the “old“ Kids Kastle. They each had something different to say. We have great memories going there, but look forward to more memories to be made at the new Kids Kastle!

    Chailie (18) - The tire swing was awesome! I liked the boat side. I remember going there with family and a HeritageElementary field trip.

    Brock (21) - The rock climbing wall was the best! I liked the suspension bridge, and the little zip line too.

    Zeke (9)- balancing on things, playing hide in seek (one time so well I... Continue reading

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