City of Canyon plans inclusive playground

The City of Canyon will have a new inclusive playground in the near future thanks to a group of Canyon residents and the Amarillo Southwest AMBUCS organization.

On Monday, March 16, at the Canyon City Commission meeting, the Commissioners gave Kylie Hiner Playground Fundraising Committee and Southwest AMBUCS the go ahead to begin raising $1.2 million for the Kylie Hiner Memorial Playground. This 9,000 square foot playground will be located in Conner Park.

The playground will be named after Kylie Hiner, an autistic Canyon resident, who passed away in 2017. Kylie was loved and embraced by the Canyon community and this playground will be a place to experience the joy Kylie brought to the lives of everyone she knew.

“So many folks in and around Canyon knew Kylie. She made a significant impact on many hearts in our community. The Parks Committee realized this was an easy choice for this special project to have Kylie’s name on it,” said Jimmy Lackey, the Canyon Parks, Open Space and Recreation Committee Chair.

The playground will include play pieces which are designed to be fun and also developmentally appropriate. The inclusive design will allow everyone to enjoy this unique facility and provide a safe place where children of all abilities can play together. The ultimate goal of this playground is to provide every visitor with the opportunity for a successful experience, regardless of their capabilities.

The Kylie Hiner Playground Committee will be working closely with AMBUCS as they solicit funds though grant writing, donations from organizations, businesses, and individuals. Canyon resident and former Canyon Mayor, Quinn Alexander, will serve as the chair for the Canyon Committee.

To receive additional information on how to get involved with this project contact Jon Behrens, Canyon Assistant City Manager, at (806)655-5000.