Lake Travis - Westlake Edition | June 2021


Ken Seymore

and his son, Dennis, played an active role in the creation of Play for All

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Ken Seymore, who played an active role in promoting the development of the city of Round Rock’s Play for All Park, said he agrees that all-ability parks have a communal benet. Seymore and his son, Dennis, who has limited range of motion due to arthrogryposis, have regularly used Play for All since Dennis’ childhood. Arthrogryposis, also called arthro- gryposis multiplex congenita, or AMC, refers to a group of conditions involving multiple joint stiness that limits how a joint bends, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. At a recent visit to the park with Dennis, Seymore said he remembers what it was like before the Play for All facility was built. “They had some places where they had turf, but they didn’t have any- thing [for Dennis] to play on,” Sey- more said. “It made me really start thinking about life in general. We have to hang out to get to know each other. We need a place where every- one can go together. You shouldn’t have to choose between your kids when it comes to which park you go to. I wanted a spot where everyone can get together and enjoy it.” Marisa Sodders, an adapted phys- ical educator and special education teacher with LTISD, also said that inclusive play facilities benet a wider While not all special education students have limited physical movement, the number of children enrolled in this curriculum is steadily growing at area school districts. SOURCES: EANES ISD, DRIPPING SPRINGS ISD, LAKE TRAVIS ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER The growing NEED






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group of people. Sodders heads up the Special Olympics delegation for LTISD. “To me the idea is it’s not even just the kids,” she said. “It really is for all. It’s maybe the grandparents with the walker who have diculty walking and climbing and are still wanting to interact with their grandchildren. It really is for everyone.” Funding the improvements Garza said Bee Cave generates enough sales tax revenue to be in a good nancial position to develop a regional park attraction similar to Play for All. In 2020, Bee Cave generated $10.69 million in sales tax revenue, accord- ing to sales tax data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. What the city will spend on its own all-abil- ities park can only be decided after basic infrastructure decisions are made, but Garza said he is condent Bee Cave can fund the improvements through what would be the city’s Cap- ital Improvement Plan, or CIP. “In Bee Cave we have been scally responsible, and we are a retail hub, so we are blessed to be in a positionwhere we can make these improvements.”

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