Graham Has Plans For Unique Park

It's exciting for residents who live in Graham and surrounding areas.

The city of Graham is planning on building a new park that will give access to people who have difficulty getting to the parks in the city right now.

Sally Stacy is a special education teacher at Graham ISD and she said, right now the city doesn't have any parks that are handicap accessible. She has witnessed just how frustrating that can be for some of her students.

"The children usually can't use the swings, the can't use the slides. They can't get up to the spots where their friends are to even talk with them," said Stacy.

Katie Mosley also has a hard time enjoying any of the five existing parks with her baby, Gabriel.

"You can't really take the strollers near the playground. With the little ones learning to walk they can't make it up the steps," said Mosley.

That will soon change when a new park is constructed just blocks from downtown, and the residents won't have to pay a dime. Alex Heartfield is a member of the committee that design the park. He said, the area starts on 3rd and Pecan St. and it's considered a flood plain. It can only be used for recreation. The city will use a $1.3 million donation from the Brazos River Authority to build it.

"Having the features that this park will have will bring tourists and residents," said Heartfield.

It will be handicap accessible and Heartfield said it will have many features that most Texoma parks don't have.

"There will be an archway entrance that will tie into our downtown area, a great bike and hike trail that's paved and lit. We'll have a splash pad and basketball and sand volleyball courts, which we don't currently have in any of our parks" said Heartfield.

The new park will also have a pavilion that will be used for big events. Also, the bike and hiking trails will be connected to two other parks in town.

Construction of the park is expected to begin this winter and it will be completed next summer.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6