Edinburg City Commission Awards Contract for Design/Installation of Inclusive Playground
Feature Illustration: A 3D rendering of the musical theme concept presented for the Vanguard Academy Beethoven City Park all-inclusive playground. Sourche: City of Edinburg.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Edinburg (Hidalgo County) — The City Commission recently awarded a contract to Exerplay Inc. for the design and installation of an all inclusive playground for the new Vanguard Academy Beethoven City Park.
The award, voted for on April 20, was based on a Request for Proposals for the design and construction of an inclusive playground at 2225 S. Veterans Blvd. The intent of the proposal was to select equipment with a musical design.
The city anticipates having the installation complete by mid-August 2021, according to Assistant City Manager Tomas D. Reyna. The estimated budget is $600,000.
Two companies responded to the solicitation–Exerplay Inc. if Cedar Crest, New Mexico, and Park Place Recreation Designs Inc. Exerplay Inc. did this project design in collaboration with Landscape Structures.
The site plan for the Beethoven City Park playground. Source: City of Edinburg.
The park project is a collaboration between the city and the Vanguard Academy Charter School system. Vanguard Academy is providing the land, parking lot, fencing, and a walking trail that extends through the park and around the campus to a distance of about 1.5 miles, Reyna said. The park itself, however, is less an one acre.
The city’s role is limited to the installation cost and maintenance of the playground equipment. During City Commission discussion, prior to the vote, the mayor emphasized that it is the ultimate goal to install all-inclusive playground equipment at all city parks.
An all inclusive playground requires design element that allow children with disabilities to use it. Design elements include consideration of postural support, food support, hand holds, sun heat mitigation through Tender Tuff coatings, shades, wheelchair capable sidewalks and many other features.
The park has a musical theme in homage to its namesake. Musical elements are to be kept to a region to ensure sounds don’t disturb play for children who may be sensitive to auditory stimulation.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.