Next month, workers in North Texas will begin constructing a truly one-of-a-kind glowing playground. Joya, the new name for the glow-in-the-dark playground, will be open to kids both during the day and at night.
Farmers Branch, a Dallas suburb, will be home to the one-of-a-kind playground. “Jewel” in Spanish means “Joya,” so this is a first of its kind. To improve the playground at Oran Good Park, the city surveyed local kids.
The biggest challenge was making something that didn’t exist, said deputy city manager Mike Mashburn in an interview with the magazine Local Profile in Collin County. He elaborated, saying that the plan was to make an “amusement park/playground hybrid” that lit up at night like Disneyland.
Joya will have an LED-lit “spin zone” and illuminating seats, in addition to an interactive zip line with lights. As a result, children can safely play outside even on warm summer evenings.
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The budget for the glow-in-the-dark park is almost $5 million, and it was approved in November 2021. Federal American Rescue Plan Act funding totals $4 million, with another $750,000 coming from the state of Texas via a park and wildlife grant.
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It is anticipated that the park will be ready for use by the end of August 2023, and its construction is expected to take only four months to finish. There won’t be any fees for using the playground.
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