The Eureka 2 playground at South Lakes Park will have its grand opening ceremony Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m. The public is invited to come out for the ceremony and play on the playground.
Mayor Chris Watts will speak during the grand opening and then take a ceremonial ride down the 80-foot zipline. The zipline will be for both children and adults alike at the park.
During the grand opening, there will be free hot dogs and Beth Marie’s ice cream for everyone to enjoy. Food will be served until it’s gone.
Marc Culp, President of the Denton Parks Foundation, will speak, and Emerson Vorel, Director of the City of Denton Parks and Recreation department, will also be in attendance to celebrate the opening of the playground.
“Working on Eureka 2 has been a wonderful opportunity to continue the Eureka legacy. Getting this park funded and constructed is a huge accomplishment,” Vorel said.
The first Eureka playground was built in 1994 by a group of citizens who spearheaded the project. The Denton Parks and Rec department took control of the playground after it was built. The original wooden playground had a life span of 20 years.
Eureka 2 is a community-built playground. The playground was designed after interviewing local Denton kids to see what they wanted in a playground. The community then helped raise over $500,000 for the playground, which is more accessible than the previous playground. Money was raised through individuals, local businesses, and fundraisers. Wilson Elementary’s 5th graders were recognized for winning the fall “penny war” that each grade level at DISD participated in. When it came time to build the playground, over 3,000 volunteers came out during the week long build in November.
“I was really touched at the huge outpouring of support we had from the community. I wasn’t surprised, because that’s what Denton residents do - we like to help and be a part of this city,” said Chrissy Mallouf, Chair of the Eureka 2 Playground Project, who will also be speaking at the grand opening.