Children of all abilities play on a wheelchair swing.

Volunteers in the Lake Highlands Junior Women’s League are gearing up for Run the Highlands April 23, the annual family-friendly event that brings all ages together for fun and fitness. After making do with virtual events during the pandemic, these dynamos are excited to be back together on LH streets for the 5K race, 1K family trail walk and children’s carnival.

Funds raised from race registrations and donations will be used to refresh and expand one of the group’s many projects from previous years – the playground area at Flag Pole Hill. Originally designed for children with special needs and their able-bodied siblings, the playground has been a huge draw for families. LHJWL members are determined to see even more children playing outside on fresh and inclusive play spaces that make our community beautiful.

Flag Pole Hill is the most popular park in the city according to Dallas Park and Recreation, and the playground was built in 2017-18 in partnership with the Jordan Spieth Foundation, Exchange Club, Lake Highlands Women’s League and Dallas Park and Recreation. It was the city’s first signature “all access” playground focusing on inclusion for individuals of all abilities. Proposed improvements include a no-transfer wheelchair swing and embankment slides. Neither is currently present at any park in Dallas. The final design will need to be approved by the Dallas Park Board.

If you’d like to walk or run April 23, you may register here. If you’d like to donate, click here.