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Ware Family Park shows off new playground equipment

January 25, 2019

New colorful playground equipment at Bellaire’s Ware Family Park will give area children a place to have fun, learn and just be kids for years to come.

The city of Bellaire and PATRONS for Bellaire Parks plan to host a celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new equipment at 800 Jacquet Drive from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The event will include interactive park activities including parachute games, sack races, sidewalk chalk art and temporary tattoos. The Optimist Club of Bellaire will be grilling hotdogs and offering other refreshments provided by Randalls and H-E-B.

Karl Miller, Bellaire’s director of parks, recreation and facilities, said he was excited about the new playground because it will give the community an improved space for children to grow as they play.

“It’s very important that kids have that opportunity to, you know, run and play and be creative, imaginative and [have] the social interaction that comes from that,” he said. “With the different equipment we have, it will help develop not only gross motor skills but fine motor skills with the kids. It’s designed to help with balance.”

The nearly $70,000 in new play pieces originated from the city’s 2015 parks master plan that pointed out Ware’s aging equipment and how replacement parts were growing more difficult to find.

Miller said some of the goals of the new fixtures were imagination, sensory, learning and promoting play for children of differing abilities.

“All of our playgrounds meet [Americans with Disabilities Act] standards. This park though we’ve put a little bit of extra attention to providing play amenities that provide a more enhanced play experience for people with disabilities in regards to a few extra play features: low-level play features that make it more accessible for kids,” Miller said.

He said the space is purposefully splashed with a theme of color, including one piece that has different shades of Plexiglas, casting colorful shadows when sunlight shines through them.

Since it started, the nonprofit PATRONS for Bellaire Parks has raised almost $2 million to better and improve Bellaire’s parks. PATRONS President Winfred Frazier looks forward to area residents coming out and celebrating their wonderful new playground.

“We hope that you will join PATRONS in celebrating parks and green space by supporting our efforts to raise funds for park enhancements that will improve the quality of life of Bellaire and the surrounding Houston residents,” Frazier said.

tracy.maness@hcnonline.com

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