Children who visit Whitt Johnson Park will soon have some new playground equipment to enjoy. Updates include the replacement of an aging playground unit with a modern rotating climber, a standalone spinner, stepping pods, and a balance challenge. The existing tree house will be equipped with ADA access allowing for additional play opportunities, and the safety surfacing will be changed from wood chips to all-new artificial turf to green up the park. Additional updates include removing the gazebo and adding Gaga ball; updating the benches and picnic tables; painting the fence, light poles, and remaining playground equipment; and installing new St. Augustine grass in the open green space. The two basketball half-courts will be resurfaced, and one half-court will include multi-use lines for foursquare and hopscotch.
The park is scheduled to close for construction on September 3, 2019, with reopening slated by October 31, 2019, weather permitting. For project updates, visit www.westutx.gov/parkprojects or contact Parks and Recreation Director Susan White at 713.662.5894.
The project is entirely funded through the generosity of the Friends of West University Parks Fund, and made possible through fundraising events such as Park Lovers’ Ball, Fathers & Flashlights, community partnerships, and the park pavers program. For information on how you can make a donation or purchase a paver, please visit the Friends website at www.westuparks.org or contact Friends Executive Director Donna LaMond at 713.662.7430.