Kylie Hiner Memorial Playground Opens Canyon Ceremony

CANYON — Where family fun knows no bounds: The Kylie Hiner Memorial Playground opened a ceremony on Thursday after a successful fundraising campaign.

“We announced that we were going to raise $1.2 million, and we exceeded that amount. We know that our community is very generous. This will not only affect the town of Canyon, but all of the children in this surrounding community. Kylie made a point of learning someone’s name. During her lifetime, she had an incredible impact,” said Quinn Alexander, committee chair of the Kylie Hiner Memorial Playground and former mayor of Canyon. “Sometimes people forget that others can’t participate, but this park will fill that void.

This playground will feature a variety of amenities, such as ramps for wheelchair accessibility, zip-line type features for all skill levels, and accessible parking. The playing field will be located at Conner Park, located at 1900 12th Ave., across from the Canyon Aqua Park parking lot.

“Every element of the playground is designed for people with disabilities, to provide them with the therapy they need. The people who make the equipment for our parks have put a lot of thought into this,” said Brian Noel, Parks Manager of the town of Canyon.

On Thursday, golden shovels line up at the groundbreaking event for the Kylie Hiner Memorial Playground in Canyon.

Speeches were given by various members of the community involved in the realization of this project, as well as members of Kylie Hiner’s family and members of the public. Lunch was provided during the ceremony by AMBUCS Southwest Chapter. For the past two years, donations for the playground have been coordinated and collected by Southwest AMBUCS Amarillo, Texas Regional Chapter of National AMBUCS, Inc. AMBUCS is a nonprofit service organization comprised of a group diverse group of men and women dedicated to fostering the mobility and independence of people with disabilities.

“I feel overjoyed, blessed and excited. All the emotions in a bucket are pouring out of my heart right now,” said Mary Hiner, Kylie Hiner’s mother. “When we met for the park reunion, they originally wanted the opinion of ‘a family with a child with special needs, but when they pulled out the PowerPoint that said, “Kylie Hiner Memorial Playground.” We burst into tears, making it a moment we will never forget.

For more information about the playground or to donate, visit http://www.canyontx.com/708/Kylie-Hiner-Memorial-Park .

Harold B. McConnell