WHAT IS PLAYGRAND ADVENTURES?

A Dallas-Fort Worth Destination

PlayGrand Adventures is a playground that encompasses 10 acres of park land, separated into distinct play areas or “Zone”.  Each “Zone” contains unique play equipment, specifically designed for inclusive play.  This is not just a children’s playground but one designed for all ages and abilities, that incorporate various challenges to encourage teamwork, cooperation, achievement.  The playground is contained with a perimeter border for safety.

The playground is part of a much larger overall park project which will include The Epic, a state-of-the-art recreation center, Epic Waters indoor/outdoor water park, trail systems, and amphitheater at Grand Central in Grand Prairie, Texas.

This project is being led by a committee of dedicated individuals from the community, local and national organizations, and the City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department.

OUTCOMES

SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL
PlayGrand Adventures will incorporate areas within the playground for people of all ages to socially interact. For play to be 100% inclusive, children, teens, and adults need to be included. To create lifelong memories, everyone must play together; learn to cooperate, take turns, and to engage in dramatic and imaginative play. To allow for children to engage, feel as they belong and to choose how and when to play, PlayGrand will provide places that feel emotionally secure.

SENSORY
PlayGrand Adventures will include elements that increase the sense of discovery by incorporating smell, textures and differing sounds and   colors. Some elements might include fountains, plant materials, sand play areas, learning panels and texture walls throughout the playground. The sensory rich adventure will teach social skills, increase fine and gross motor skills, concentration and creativity.

PHYSICAL
At PlayGrand Adventures all children, teens and adults will have the opportunity to be physically active through play. It is important to create and provide play environments that everyone wants to come and enjoy. PlayGrand Adventures will provide challenges for children of all abilities, offer healthy risks and a variety of developmentally appropriate activities for all who play.

COGNITIVE
At PlayGrand Adventures, people of all ages will learn through play and interaction with each other in the environment that they are in. Keeping children engaged in meaningful play for longer periods of time will support intuitive play behaviors that stimulate development. PlayGrand Adventures will offer opportunities for everyone to problem solve, think abstractly, and develop cause and effect skills that help provide unique hands on experience.

COMMUNICATION
The PlayGrand Adventures playground will support the development of receptive and expressive language, allowing everyone to be themselves, express who they are and demonstrate what they know. PlayGrand Adventures will encourage language development which occurs through natural play behaviors and routines and is enhanced through developmentally appropriate play elements, non-structured events, and outdoor programming.

SAFETY
PlayGrand Adventures will create a fun experience for children of all ages on learning how to play it safe everywhere, at anytime, in a controlled miniature setting. The playground will offer the ability to learn the specifics of bicycle and pedestrian transportation safety through education in a real life playful environment.

INNOVATION
Playground users can expand their creativity in a variety of ways, including music, performance, nature and science.  In partnership with the Grand Prairie Independent School District (GPISD), staff will be working on a STEM program to encourage innovation.

RESPONSIBILITY:

“What we do today, right now, will have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.”

Alexandra Stoddard
Values.com