Playground catering to seniors opens in La Marque

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.

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Online:

http://www.galvestoncountytx.gov/ps/Pages/CarbidePark.aspx

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