Happy Birthday, Windmill Playground! Dedicated on May 20, 2012, the playground at Frontier Park was built entirely with donations and volunteer labor from businesses, residents and Town staff. Prosper Parks and Recreation will host a Homecoming celebration for the Community Build team on May 20 from 9-11 a.m. at the Frontier Park pavilion, 1551 Frontier Parkway. The public is encouraged to attend. Come to mix and mingle and share your playground stories!
Ten years ago, nearly 1,000 volunteers joined together to build Windmill Playground, from the ground up, by devoting countless hours to fundraising, visioning, procuring donated materials and building the playground structures. Almost 2,000 PISD students entered the “Draw Your Dream Playground,” contest which included suggesting a name. “Windmill Playground” was chosen from the entries. When it came time to physically build the playground structures, local businesses provided expertise and the community of residents and Town staff literally got to work! The Community Build project was completed in an incredible seven days.
“Parks and Recreation proudly celebrates the ten-year anniversary of such a remarkable project!” said Dan Baker, Director of Parks and Recreation. “The playground not only provides an awesome play experience, it truly exemplifies the sense of community that is woven in the fabric of the Town of Prosper. We look forward to meeting the Community Build team who worked so hard to make the playground a reality for the Town,” he added.
Windmill Playground is a glowing symbol of Prosper’s small-town spirit and community fortitude! Signage throughout the playground depicts names of sponsors. Pickets display names of families and merchants as a permanent reminder of those who were an integral part of the group project.
Thousands of families have enjoyed Windmill Playground over the years and will continue to do so. Plan to stop by the playground and pavilion on May 20 to reminisce, play and thank the Community Build team for the playground where dreams really have come true. For additional information, please contact Parks and Recreation at 972-569-1160.
The Prosper Parks and Recreation Department produces a year-round schedule of activities and events which promote family and neighbor interaction in community parks and spaces. In addition to the Windmill Playground Homecoming Celebration, Parks and Recreation hosts the Discover Downtown Series; Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, Celebrate Prosper!, Champion Tree Contest, Prosper Arbor Day Celebration, Prosper Christmas Festival, and Light the Night Christmas decorating contest. Also, Youth, Adult, and Active Adult programs are conducted year ‘round and include summer camps and classes and a Men’s Softball League. For additional information about Prosper Parks and Recreation, please visit the Parks and Recreation Facebook page or prosperparksandrec.org, or call 972-569-1160.