HIDALGO – Hidalgo County Pct. 2 Commissioner Eddie Cantu along with administrators from Valley View school district and members from the Capable Kids Foundation broke ground on the first all-inclusive park in the county.
The park will be located on the southwest corner of Valley View Early College High School.
“These kids have no idea what's coming,” Cantu said. “They along with all their classmates and kids from this area are going to be able to enjoy this park.”
Cantu said people will travel from all over the upper valley. The closest all-inclusive park is in Brownsville, then after that Corpus Christi.
The all-inclusive park will include fully accessible swings, gliders, merry-go-rounds, sensory walls, roller slides and a splash pad for all children, including those with special needs who require proper wheelchair access. The park will have designated play areas for children ages 2-5 and for children 6 years and older.
The splash pad will be the highlight of the park as even kids with wheelchairs will be able to participate in water activities.
Throughout the county several parks exist with only certain aspects of all-inclusion parks.
Evelyn Cano, with Capable Kids Foundation said all people, regardless of their disability deserve the opportunity for a full life in their community where they can live, learn and play alongside others in different stages of their life.
Two years ago conversations began about inclusion between Capable Kids Foundation and Cantu. The park design was then put into motion. The project will cost just under $1 million and will be able to entertain approximately 1,000 children at one time.
Future plans for the area will also include a Boys & Girls Club. The plan is currently in the artist rendering phase.