In Plano, the name “Jack Carter” is synonymous with fun. There’s Jack Carter Pool, Plano’s own waterpark and the all-abilities playground at Jack Carter Park. There’s also the Jack Carter Dog Park.

The park is more than just slides and swings, but also includes elements that like giant marbles that can be moved, built in drums and other noise makers, plus extra squishy and soft ground instead of the usual mulch or rocks.

Located at 2601 Maumelle Drive near Schimelpfenig Middle School, the new Jack Carter playground within the park serves children with disabilities and includes experiences that involve movement and climbing as well as a mix of tactile, visual and auditory features, according to the City of Plano.

The new playground is designed for children of all abilities to play, learn and grow together and offers a variety of sensory experiences for healthy development. The 2.61-acre park includes ample parking, trail connections, shelters and facilities that include accessible restrooms for all.

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The main play structure at jack carter playground has wide “walkways” which are large enough to accomodate a wheelchair and also lots of fun for little toddler legs

The all-abilities playground at Jack Carter Park opened in 2017, thanks in part to a $50,000 donation by Plano Rotary Club.

“The Rotary Club donation allowed us to add more funding to the playground, which enabled us to take it beyond a typical neighborhood park playground. The park provides unique equipment that is specifically designed for children with special needs,” said Robin Reeves, director of the Plano Parks and Recreation Department. “Without the additional funding, it would have been difficult for us to provide this type of equipment within the project budget.”

Best Playgrounds | The Essentials – All-Abilities Playground at Jack Carter Park, Plano

Where? 2800 Maumelle Drive, Plano

Restrooms? Restrooms adjacent to the playground

All-Abilities? Yes, this is an all-abilities playground.

Age? All ages.


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