It's nothing like your ordinary play ground with a couple of swings and slides as a matter of fact, Lubbock's Legacy Play Village is one of the largest in the nation and as of today it's open for business. The village was designed and constructed by volunteers of this community and hundreds were on hand on Friday, ready to play on the land they created.
The grand opening of the Legacy Play Village started with a very special guest. Santa Claus himself flew in by helicopter to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. He then cut the official ribbon declaring the park open for play.
"It's heartwarming because I know many people have been by here and they were wondering when it would open and they're ready to play so its closing a chapter of a book saying we're ready to play," said Cray Pickering, a coordinator with Legacy Play Village.
"Oh my gosh, it is wonderful, three years long we've dreamt of this and look at all these kids playing its fantastic," said Julia Camp, a village organizer.
The Legacy Play Village truly is designed for kids of all ages, whether you wander through a three story maze, dangle from monkey bars or jump around on the parks first day open kids have already found their favorites.
"The monkey bars."
"The spiral slide."
"That big old slide."
"It's awesome, it's greater than what it was on paper and a whole lot bigger than we dreamed it would be," said Gloria Gonzales, a village volunteer.
Parents seemed just as pleased as the kids on this opening day and what a nice gift right before the holiday. "It's a gift to the community, I can't think of a more beautiful gift that we could give where we all came together we all did it and now we're finishing at this time of year," says Cray Pickering.
"I got stuck up in that maze. There were so many kids you couldn't move and this little girl tells her mom, mom I want to come here everyday this Christmas. This is awesome and I was like this is fabulous. I just can't quit smiling," said Julia Camp.
The park will be open from dawn until dusk everyday. In the spring there will be one more phase of construction out there, as the water part of the park is added before summer.