Phase 1 construction of Kids Kastle has begun! Not exactly the way we had planned, but we are moving forward. And that is good news.
We had originally set March 23-26 for the community to build Phase 1 of our new Kids Kastle playground. Much work had been done to prepare; volunteer committees were formed and were working to promote, raise funds, arrange food donations, provide tools and supplies, and secure volunteers. City staff had prepared the site, made plans, and set schedules. We were ready to begin building on March 23. That all changed on March 16 with local disaster orders and stay-at-home mandates due to COVID-19.
Unsure of how long our COVID Quarantine would last, we were able to schedule May 18-21 with Play by Design. We closely watched the orders from the County and the State hoping we’d be able to begin building the playground on May 18. We were also closely watching the Kids Kastle site. Further delays would undo the prep work we’d already completed. Holes had been dug, equipment was onsite, tents were set up for work stations, and more.
When Governor Abbott issued his “Open Texas” plan, we were on the road to beginning construction of the new Kids Kastle. We confirmed with Play by Design and again began prepping to build Phase 1 on May 18 with adherence to CDC guidelines for construction projects.
This is not the community build we had planned for, but we are setting the stage for a community build of Phase 2 hopefully late summer or early fall.
Since you can’t be with us for Phase 1, we wanted to provide a summary of the work being done.
Four consultants with Play by Design, 24 City employees, and ten construction contract laborers are on site. We are progressing quickly because of the organization of the site, the expertise of Play by Design consultants, and the talent and drive of City staff and contract laborers. The goal is to have all the verticals up and all deck platforms screwed in place to secure the structural integrity of the playground. City staff will continue working after May 21 to prepare the site for a community build when it is safe to do so.
We know our community is ready to be part of the construction of Kids Kastle and they are ready to enjoy the playground again. We will keep you posted on the progress and hope to be building with you soon!