NLR Parks and RecreationOne Heart Playground

One Heart LogoThere are multiple playground areas in Burns Park, with most of them being accessible to everyone.  Too often playgrounds are designed for the children to play without considering a child may have some impairments, or the parent may have some impairments and thus is unable to interact with their child.  The playground should be usable by children with varying degrees of physical and sensory impairments and allow parents/grandparents with physical impairments to be able to interact with them.  With no fully inclusive playgrounds open to the general public in the North Little Rock area, Burns Park now has one with help from generous funders, our TIp-Off Club Luncheon, and various North Little Rock city departments.

EmmaOne Heart Playground was inspired by Emma Wasson.  Emma was born with a congenital heart defect and Turner Syndrome. Through her difficult journey of hospital stays, surgeries, treatments, and medications, Emma always found JOY in the midst of hardship.  You can find her smiling and singing almost every single day! Emma changed her parents’ life and hearts in ways that are unexplainable.  One Heart Playground demonstrates some of the ways Emma has inspired her parents, friends, family, strangers, and the North Little Rock Parks and Recreation staff.  You are born with “one heart”.  Emma’s heart was born broken, and since we are blessed with a whole heart, we owe it to ourselves to keep it healthy and improve our quality of life.  To find out more about Emma, you can follow her on Facebook at Totally Emma.

The playground was opened September 14, 2017. Since then we have added benches and shade structures. In 2019, we extended the playground with additional swings, an inclusive merry-go-round, and other small features.

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For more information about this project contact 501-791-8538.