City of McAllen
Metro McAllen Swing-and-Ride
The Metro McAllen Swing-and-Ride Project aims to introduce a new concept of public play spaces, a unique and innovative project, to a city challenged with over 26.4 percent of the population living in poverty and nearly 40 percent suffering from obesity and other health related issues.
As the City of McAllen is committed to providing an unsurpassed quality of life to all residents and visitors, this project envisions transforming a busy bus stop on a barren landscape on the south-side property line of McAllen Public Library into a fun, exciting space for low income children and their families who depend on public transportation.
The project will:
- Maintain the current bus stop with a bench and shaded coverExpand the area to accommodate a brightly painted, two-person swing set and one two-person expression swing
- Install over sized musical instruments and fun fone
- Paint a maze, easy long jump game, exercise instructions on dots, and a hop scotch game
- Create new trails to accommodate play elements
Children will move around the small trails, play music and games, run through the maze, and explore the area while caregivers participate or wait for the bus. The Metro McAllen Swing-and-Ride Project will inspire physical activity, promote cognitive development, and foster social interaction among families in a relatively passive public space. The vision is to transform an underutilized area into a multi-dimensional and colorful nontraditional bus stop where, in an age of phones and tablets, children and riders remain active.
- Carla M. Rodriguez