Southside Park upgrades

Park Upgrade

TYLER (KYTX) -   Major improvements are coming to Southside Park in Tyler. That's the one off of Shiloh road next to rose Rudman Trails.

The Tyler Area Ambucs are heading up this project. The president says the park is not all-encompassing for children, particularly for those with special needs. She wants to change that and make this park more appealing to children of all ages and personalities.

The sunny spring weather has brought many families outside lately. Bart Hennigan brings his two children to Southside Park a few times per week. He says his children enjoy playing outdoors.

"They like picking up sand and throwing it at each other. Also, all the slides and just climbing on stuff and kind of a variety of activities."
After taking a look at the plans, Hennigan says he's excited to bring his kids here once it's done.
"I like the shade that they're providing. There's more shade, so in the summer it'll make it nicer. And then, giving the basketballs a hard court- a hard surface will make it a little easier to play instead of in the sand."

Also in the works- two new playgrounds designed for different age groups, a music garden and updated pavilion to reflect the project's nature theme and design.
"It'll be a big expansion for that park and the playgrounds there. We're also excited because it's just all inclusive- which just means it's accessible for all children, including those with special needs." says Tyler Area Ambucs President Amanda Storer.

She says that's the heartbeat behind this project.
"It's what got us started is parents saying that they didn't really have anywhere to take their special needs children with their siblings to go and play."

She hopes to change that and bring these plans to life in time for summer.
"Hopefully we can get this done and then the kids will have ample time to play while they're out of school."

Hennigan and his family are looking forward to their new park.
This project can't be finished without your help. It's a community project with many different levels of involvement. You can donate money or even volunteer your time at the community build in September.


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