Today city leaders, community leaders, and staff official gathered to celebrate the completion on new all-ability playground park equipment at two local parks—Landa Park and Morningside Park check out the cool stuff—we love our parks!!

Parks and play can add joy to life, relieve stress, supercharge learning, and connect you to nature. While most of us have fond associations with parks and playgrounds, many children with disabilities feel that playgrounds are places of exclusion, where they only get to sit on the sidelines and watch their friends having fun. But New Braunfels is changing that sentiment and making more of our parks inclusive. Thanks to the 2019 Bond approval of $500,000 for the installation of all-ability enhancements two parks got some extra special new play features!

Landa Park now includes a Symphony Trail with beautiful sculptural instruments, selfie swings, and a merry-go-whirl. The restrooms at Landa Park will also include 2 new adult changing tables.

Morningside Park received a new fully ADA accessible playground, side-by-side zipline, swings, and a nature play space.

For kids with high sensory needs, a playground with lots of kids running around can be overwhelming. Offering play in a quieter set-aside space still provides play and exploration but in a calmer surroundings. At Morningside Park the walking path was activated with a nature play pod offering a cozy spot for independent play, climbing, and explorations. A new shaded seated area with an ADA table was also added.

All-ability parks are meant to bring friends of all ages and abilities together to play. The side-by-side zipline gives kids a chance to play together regardless of their ability!!! So much fun!

The addition of the adult changing tables in the restrooms gives parents and families the ability to play longer and have a dignified place to take care of their family members with special needs. As children with special needs grow they begin to exceed the weight and length of a baby changing table. These adult-sized tables now accommodate a weight of up to 400 lbs. and fold away to provide space when not in use.

 

Market Plaza Ribbon Cutting

The City of New Braunfels will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Market Plaza on Wednesday, January 29th at 4:30 p.m.

Market Plaza is one of the city’s very first parks. Renovations were made possible by the New Braunfels Parks Foundation and the efforts of all past volunteers from the Wein & Saengerfest. The proceeds accumulated from festival for the past five years paid for the $125,000 Phase 1 improvements to the park. New features include picnic tables, pergolas, sod, trees and water fountain.

“We are thrilled to bring this much needed improvement to Market Plaza,” said Stacey Dicke, Parks and Recreation Director. “This is the perfect opportunity for residents to experience the renovations.”

For additional information contact the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department at 830-221-4350.

Foundation Presents Market Plaza Donation

On Tuesday, May 28th the New Braunfels Parks Foundation presented a check to the City of New Braunfels for $125,000. This donation will go towards the Market Plaza Renovations. For more information about the project click here.

The New Braunfels Parks Foundation has identified Market Plaza as the recipient of funds from Wein & Saengerfest for park improvements. Market Plaza is a 0.7 acre park located at 292 Tolle Street in Downtown New Braunfels. The park currently features benches, a drinking fountain and landscape bed. The New Braunfels Parks Foundation funded the installation of irrigation at Market Plaza in early 2014, using proceeds from the 2013 Wein and Saengerfest. To create a Master Plan for the park the Parks and Recreation Department sought input from stakeholders including the Downtown Association, Historic Landmark Commission, Downtown Board and neighborhood residents through a series of public meetings and an online survey

 

Wein & Saengerfest Raffle Winner!

Huge thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle at Wein and Saengerfest to raise money for our Expression Swing! The winner is Jen R. with her guess being closest—327.

The total corks in the jar were 329!

NBIDC Approves Additional Funding

On Thursday, April 20th the City of New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (4B Board) voted to support Landa Park Miniature Golf renovation project in the amount of $75,000. New Braunfels City Council approved this action on May 8, 2017.

Work at the course is currently underway. Demolition and trenching for irrigation and electrical is done and concrete is being poured to form new holes. Expected completion is summer 2017.

We are working with the New Braunfels Evening Lions Club to construct the new arbor entryway and sign post for each hole. For additional information about the Landa Park Miniature Golf renovation project visit the project page here. 

New Braunfels Garden Club Donates $3K

On Thursday, March 9th the New Braunfels Parks Foundation received a donated from the New Braunfels Garden Club in the amount of $3,000, to assist in the renovation of the Landa Park Miniature Golf Course.

Pictured are New Braunfels Garden Club members Peggy Welch and Abbie Rutledge and New Braunfels Parks Foundation President David Hubbard.

For information on the Landa Park Miniature Golf Course renovation project visit: Miniature Golf Project Page

Dog Park Receives 100K from 4B Board

New Braunfels, TX – On Wednesday, March 19th the New Braunfels Parks Foundation announced the award of a $100,000 grant from the New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (NBIDC), commonly known as the 4B Board, to assist in the construction of phase one of the off-leash dog park at the West Loop Park.

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