New 'Adventure Playground' opens this Friday in Hewitt

POSTED: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 2:53pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 - 4:17pm

It's a project that's been in the making for years, and now, this Friday at 10 a.m., the newly completed Adventure Playground will be open to the community. An "all hands on deck effort" has come together to make this dream a reality.

Some say it takes a village to raise a child, and that's certainly the case with the completion of the new Adventure Playground in Hewitt.

"We all worked together to accomplish something that individually couldn't have been done," said Hewitt City Manager, Adam Miles.

With a generous 20-thousand dollar donation from the Waco Kiwanis Club and the help of the city, the school district, and the community, the new park will meet the needs of children of all ages and physical abilities. It's something, some feel we need more of in Central Texas.

"It's sad that there's nothing here for them to play on," said Waco Kiwanis Secretary Jeanne Passalugo.

Altogether, the 4,839 square foot project cost more than 150-thousand dollars. The name was given to the playground by elementary school students from Hewitt. The playground has the traditional equipment, like slides and swings, and it has some unique elements.

"We actually have a little helicopter feature, which is kind of odd, but it's its own stand alone feature," said Miles.

This is the first major park construction since the 1980s. And, city leaders anticipate it will meet the needs of thousands of families for generations to come.

"When people come here and they visit Hewitt, Texas, they're going to have a great playground. And, when businesses come here and they're looking at the area, they'll say hey, check out the playground in Hewitt, Texas. And, I think not just the play value is there. I think it's something that enhances our quality of life," said Miles.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Adventure Park on January 4 to celebrate its grand opening. 

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