HISTORY & FUTURE
THE LEGACY LIVES ON – THE NEXT GENERATION:
The Legacy Play Village (in its current state) is tired and in need of extensive repair, but better yet, it needs a new Legacy! It is time to rebuild our worn-down community playground for the next generation. The “Legacy” of the Legacy Play Village legacy lives on through many in our community who were the first children to play on the new playground back in 2002 and are now the community adults that will help us rebuild!
The Friends of Legacy Play Village, Inc. have empowered a steering committee, “The Next Generation,” to make a new playground a reality in 2020. With new construction materials, colors and play features, including integration of surfacing, equipment and overall design that will be welcoming to children of all abilities.
You have an opportunity to be on the ground floor, helping to launch the Legacy Play Village into a new era of service in our West Texas Community. It is time and we invite anyone interested to be a part of this “Next Generation” to create a new playground for the next generation. We have already put together a team of great volunteers to lead this steering committee toward success.
YEARS OF FUN:
Legacy Play Village is a community playground that was constructed in 2002 in Bill McAlister Park. The goal was to build a community-constructed playground that would inspire the imaginations of children throughout Lubbock. The project was spearheaded by the Junior League of Lubbock and the community playground design and build firm of Leathers and Associates (now Play By Design) was engaged to advise and supervise. Over the course of several weeks in October 2002, nearly 15,000 volunteers from across Lubbock came together to construct what was at the time the largest community-built playground project in the country.
The playground quickly became a community treasure; another playground like it did not exist elsewhere on the South Plains. Many a child fought many an imaginary battle in its castle. Sadly, the structure itself was not well suited for the West Texas climate. Constructed primarily of wood, it suffered in the elements. In the early years, there was a fire. Its remote location lent itself to random acts of vandalism. It needed periodic repair and maintenance of varying degrees. A dedicated group of community-minded individuals, the Friends of Legacy Play Village, oversaw the long-term maintenance of the structure, making repairs and coordinating volunteer workdays as necessary. But the wear and tear began to show, on both the structure and on the Friends of Legacy Play Village board members. In 2014, they brought Play By Design consultants back to Lubbock to evaluate the structure and discuss recommendations for repairing, enhancing, and/or reconstructing Legacy Play Village. (FUND THE FUN HERE)
Four years later, the Friends of Legacy Play Village board of directors took the necessary steps to recruit and empower a Steering Committee to undertake a complete reconstruction of the Legacy Play Village. Key individuals have been recruited to assume specific roles on the Steering Committee so that all aspects of the project can be managed. This dedicated group of community members has engaged a playground consulting firm, developed a project timeline, constructed a preliminary project budget, contracted with a marketing and brand awareness partner, negotiated a new long-term lease with the City of Lubbock for the land upon which the playground sits, and is now beginning to get down to the “meat and potatoes” of this project.
The process of developing and securing everything needed is projected to take approximately 18 months, starting now. The playground will incorporate new schools of thought on community playground design that have developed over the preceding 16 years since the original structure was constructed. It will comply with updates to the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 as it relates to accessibility standards for playgrounds. It will take into consideration the rising interest and research in elder play options. It will address safety issues related to playground surfacing. The new and improved Legacy Play Village is scheduled to be constructed in October 2020.