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Pfluger Park's new playground ribbon cutting May 18

Post Date:05/17/2018 10:30 a.m.

ribbon cuttingThe City of Pflugerville and Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC) celebrate the updated Pfluger Park playground, located at 515 City Park Road, which opens on Friday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting.

"Just in time for the Deutschen Pfest weekend, the Pfluger Park playground will be open for play," Mayor Victor Gonzales said. "Thanks to partnerships with the PCDC and our Parks and Recreation Department, this innovative play design is becoming a reality and looks like quite an amazing place for children to play and families to make memories."

The $240,000 funding for this project comes from Parks and Recreation’s annual operations and maintenance budget, and a $90,000 grant from the PCDC.

"Pfluger Park is a longtime gathering spot for all generations in our community, but the playground needed updates and expansion to support the growing population and our most important resource—our children," PCDC Executive Director Amy Madison said. "The role of the PCDC is to support community development, and we proudly helped fund this project. We are thrilled to celebrate the re-opening of this wonderful, new playground at Pfluger Park as we kick off Deutschen Pfest weekend."

The playground has been closed for construction since March for the construction of a new playground, a gazebo and site furnishings. The cornerstone of this project, the new playground provides a safe and accessible play space and includes elements honoring the history of the park. “The new playground enhances safety and is designed specifically for a larger demographic of children than our previous playground, including features for children ages 2-5 and 5-12,” Parks & Recreation Director James Hemenes said. “This new playground design innovates climbing elements and opportunities for active play.”

The former playground was more than 20 years old and in need of replacement. The former playground was recommended for replacement by third-party inspectors based on new Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Guidelines for Playground Safety. During the playground renovation, a large American Elm tree was removed to prevent falling limbs and removed with assistance from an arborist. Due to advancements in playground equipment, the play surfaces have a cool-touch powder coating on the metal surface to prevent the playground from getting too hot in the Texas heat.

Additional work on the playground, including a shade structure and sidewalks, will be completed after Deutschen Pfest. 

The park will be open at Deutschen Pfest and then to the general public starting on May 20 following clean up of the festival. For a full list of parks and playgrounds in Pflugerville, visit pflugervilletx.gov/trails for interactive and downloadable parks and trails maps.

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