Kidsville Playground’s Grand Opening Kicks Off Three Day Festival in Duncanville

Kidsville ribbon cutting
Photo by Chris Waits

The grand opening of the new Kidsville Playground in Duncanville’s Armstrong Park on April 6 kicked off three days of free festivities for the community. Armstrong Park was packed Saturday afternoon, with hordes of excited kids, their parents¸ grandparents, and other relatives relishing the return of the playground.

Since its original opening in 1989, Kidsville has held an important place in the hearts of the community. Realizing the importance of the playground to the community, the City Parks and Recreation Department held a number of town hall meetings to gather input from concerned citizens.

Kidsville playtime
Photo by Chris Waits

The new playground keeps many of the traditional elements of the original Kidsville, like the beloved Fort. The new and improved playground also boasts a large splash pad. Concerns from parents about the original Kidsville were addressed in the updated design. Synthetic or faux wood replaced the previous wood and its splinters, while the Fort and its tunnels no longer enabled kids to disappear from their worried parent’s view.

Kidsville Grand Opening Program

Kidsville tour with park department
Parks Dept. Danny Johnson and Bart Stevenson; photo by Chris Waits

The City of Duncanville’s elected officials who attended included Mayor Barry Gordon, City Councilmembers, and their families. Parks & Recreation Director Bart Stevenson introduced Mayor Gordon, who gave a short history of the park and its importance to the community. Park Board Chair Beth Ferrell also thanked the previous and current park board members, city staff, and volunteers for their dedication. She also announced the soon-to-open Joe V’s Smart Shop had donated hot dogs, sodas, and other refreshments for the grand opening.

Photo by Chris Waits

Following the ribbon cutting by city and park department officials, a second ribbon-cutting was held at the new Splash Pad. Once the water sprays were turned on, no dry kid was left in the crowd. My friend Vicki said we could have made some bucks renting towels if we’d only thought to bring some.

Kidsville splashpad opens
Photo by Chris Waits

Kidsville Playground and Splash Pad Hours

Going forward, the new Kidsville Playground is open from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily. The splash pad will be open from 9 a.m. until sunset during the warmer weather. Park Director Stevenson said they haven’t set a firm date for when the splash pad will open or close this year but will remain flexible with regard to the weather.

Kidsville splasher
Photo by Chris Waits

The three-day festival events continued into Saturday evening, with Movies in the Park starting at 8 p.m. The Super Mario Bros. Movie invited families to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs and enjoy the show.

Dark in the Park

Dark in the Park: A Solar Eclipse Festival runs from 6-9 p.m. Sunday, April 7, and Monday, April 8 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The exhilarating Solar Eclipse Festival is set to coincide with Monday’s 2024 Solar Eclipse.

Kidsville Playground opens
Photo by Chris Waits

Dark in the Park presents the electrifying sounds of The Emerald City Band, one of North Texas’s most loved party bands, on Sunday evening. Along with the live entertainment, a number of vendors offer unique services, and visitors can also indulge in such family-friendly activities as a thrilling zipline adventure against the night sky.

Eclipse Time

Kidsville Playground
Photo by Chris Waits

On April 8, it’s finally time to find your ideal spot for witnessing the rare solar eclipse. DJ Chingo Gringo will keep the energy high with an eclectic mix of tunes, while vendors and family activities will ensure there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Free eclipse sunglasses will be provided to the first 2,500 attendees for a safe and enjoyable viewing experience.

For more information about any of the Dark in the Park events, please contact Duncanville Parks & Recreation at (972) 780-5070.

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Jo Ann Holt
Jo Ann Holt is an award-winning journalist with 40+ years of experience as a writer and editor. She loves live performances, from country music concerts to Broadway musicals to community theatre productions. Holt also enjoys art and cultural festivals, and good food and wine. She’s toured Amsterdam, London, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and various cities in Mexico but looks forward to visiting even more countries. She has traveled by boat, plane, and train, but especially likes taking long road trips across the U.S. with her husband, retired history professor Durhl Caussey. They enjoy meeting friendly people, learning about different cultures, and visiting historic sites wherever they go.

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