Prehistoric Theme Inspires Children's Imaginations
Champion Park brings the remnants of a prehistoric inland sea to the surface in a modern day park for children of all ages. The park’s theme is drawn from the site’s 65 million year history, aiming to inspire children’s fascination with dinosaurs and sea creatures. The “dino pit” is a massive sandbox where children can dig for fossils, which were cast in concrete with assistance from The University of Texas’ Paleontology Department. The splash pad features a tail and skeleton of a whale, with a blow hole that erupts sporadically. The drainage from the splash pad creates a bioswale that runs between play features and is filled with plants to simulate a lush prehistoric forest.
Situated along the Brushy Creek Regional Trail, Champion Park balances the County’s desire for conservation of open space with residents’ requests for connectivity to nearby communities and relief from overcrowding of neighboring parks. RVi carefully planned Champion Park to tread lightly on the land, creating an amenity that blends naturally into the surrounding hill country terrain. The design also includes a large open pavilion nestled into a grove of mature pecan trees with an outdoor kitchen. Additionally, a trailhead features trail information, stretching and warm-up equipment and an outdoor shower and restroom. A new pedestrian bridge crosses a creek to connect the park to the neighboring community.