LA MARQUE, Texas (AP) — A certain park in Southeast Texas caters to more than just children.
A senior playground targeting the exercise needs of older residents opened Thursday in La Marque (luh-MARK').
Galveston County spent $36,000 for special equipment at Carbide Park. Organizers tout the playground as the first of its kind in Texas with a "motion wellness system" for older adults. Exercises are set up to help seniors maintain their coordination and balance.
The senior playground unit uses components such as low chin-up bars, fitness steps and a rope-type walking bridge. Other features are a stretching board, knobs and bolts and a wavy balance beam.
Galveston County Commissioner Stephen Holmes says he's hoping to see seniors gather at the playground as another social aspect for them.