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San Antonio pirate-themed playground, designed for inclusive play will break ground Sunday

SAN ANTONIO – Mitchell’s Landing, a pirate-themed inclusive playground devoted to the reminiscence of 3-year-old Mitchell Chang, will break ground Sunday.

The free public playground will be positioned at Classen-Steubing Ranch Park at 20202 Hardy Oak Parkway in Stone Oak.

Mitchell Chang (April Chang)

It will be San Antonio’s first nationally acknowledged inclusive playground for the town’s park system, in accordance with a press launch, with inclusive play elements designed for kids of all skills.

Mitchell’s Landing is a partnership project between the Mitchell Chang Foundation and the City of San Antonio. Money for Classen-Steubing Ranch Park was part of a 2017 metropolis bond bundle.

Mitchell’s mother and father, April and Marvin Chang, based the Mitchell Chang Foundation after Mitchell drowned at his swim college in 2018.

They mentioned they felt a powerful have to do the nice Mitchell might now not do as a result of he died too younger.

“People try to imagine losing a child, but they often don’t think about it’s more than your child, it’s everything they were going to do in the world,” April Chang beforehand advised KSAT.

Most of the 204-acre Classen-Steubing Ranch Park will stay undeveloped, however 43 acres of the park will be developed with strolling trails, a pavilion, restrooms, 164 parking areas, picnic areas, baseball fields, and open-play fields, all centered across the Mitchell’s Landing playground, in accordance with the Mitchell Chang Foundation.

“To Mitchell, life was a party. Everything was fun, he wanted to have fun with everyone! Marvin felt very strongly that building a playground would continue Mitchell’s fun in a positive way,” April mentioned.

The household, which additionally contains the Changs’ different son, Evan, determined to place their efforts right into a free public playground that might even be inclusive for households who’ve kids with disabilities.

A video rendering of the park may be seen within the video participant on the high of the article.

The playground will consist of 4 foremost areas:

  • Pirate Ship

  • H-E-B Mermaid Lagoon

  • Marsh Bog

  • Spanish Mission

Mitchell’s Landing at Classen-Steubing Ranch Park. (Mitchell Chang Foundation)

“Since Mitchell viewed himself a pirate in training, GameTime came up with this incredible pirate design with little Mitchell Easter eggs hidden throughout it. Once we saw the idea of the shipwrecked pirate ship, marsh bog, and abandoned Spanish mission, we knew this was the playground for our city and Mitchell,” April mentioned.

There are additionally 22 stand-alone inclusive play elements, all fastidiously chosen to create a stability of items that present developmental development and stimulation alternatives for all people, a press launch from the Mitchell Chang Foundation states.

Mitchell’s Landing at Classen-Steubing Ranch Park. (Mitchell Chang Foundation)
Mitchell’s Landing at Classen-Steubing Ranch Park. (Mitchell Chang Foundation)

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