Swamped With Fun
Just outside of Houston is Fort Anahuac Park in the historic city of Anahuac, Texas. Kraftsman, along with playground manufacturer Superior Recreational Products, worked with Chambers County Parks Department to add a new playground. This community has a lot of history. The site of the park served as headquarters for soldiers of the Mexican army and eventually events of the Texas Revolution. Additionally, the area has surrounding marshes, a big fishing community, and is home to the annual alligator festival—attracting thousands each year. With this rich history, David Ondrias, Senior Design and Sales Consultant at Kraftsman, took this opportunity to add a playground that reflected the community.
“My professional work with Kraftsman and my personal interests in the fishing and conservation aspects of this area … really drove the planning and concept you see here today,” Ondrias says.
The marsh-themed playground equipment—inspired by the area’s marshes and one of Superior Recreational Product’s most popular playground structures—makes a great addition to Fort Anahuac Park. The steel playground features many themed elements including a spiral climber with lily pad accents and towering cattails—all elements that allow children to be swamped with fun. All the elements of this playground draw inspiration from the great outdoors.
The park includes many amenities such as birding towers, a boat ramp, and nature trails. Fulfilling the need to add additional play facilities within the county for children and families, the county parks department sought to renovate the park.
“I’m very pleased with the way the playground has turned out. It’s a great addition to our park,” Assistant Park Superintendent Kirk Sherman says. “The features sum up what this park is really about and it turned out really nice.”
The park chose a marsh-themed structure over a traditional playground structure because it complements the surrounding area.
“I just greatly appreciate all the effort that everybody’s put into this and I think the playground will serve the community greatly for years to come,” County Commissioner of Precinct 1 Jimmy Gore says.