In 2001, the Pilot Club of Denham Springs, a service organization, sponsored a handicapped softball team through the local parks and recreation program. The program was limited because there were no special facilities or accommodations for the kids who were in the program.
The Pilot Club of Denham Springs set out to find ways to bring handicap accessible recreation facilities and equipment to the Livingston Parish community. The first installment was a handicap swing set at an elementary school in Holden, Louisiana. From that point, the group installed a committee to raise awareness for special needs children and youth in Livingston Parish. After further research, the committee found that although there was similar handicap equipment scattered at parks in the Greater Baton Rouge area; none were designated specifically for children with special needs.
Realizing the importance of play for all children, the Pilot Club formed the Pilot Club of Denham Springs Foundation to raise funds to build a playground where children of all abilities can play together. The City of Denham Springs designated land for the purpose of this playground, pledging support to maintain the facilities, as well as, fund the infrastructure and ADA approved bathroom facilities. Local business owners donated engineering and architectural work, construction and materials for a pavilion and landscaping. Not to mention the generous cash donations from local businesses and schools.
The groundbreaking for the project was held in December 2008. Built in phases, the playground's phase one was completed Spring 2009. Equipment purchase and installation was initiated October 2010 and the grand opening was March 2011.