A crowd gathered at the grand opening of a new handicap swing in Wildhorse Park Sunday and there were smiles all around.
Mustang High School senior Trevor Brock, 18, and
his team of volunteers built the swing for his Eagle Scout project, finishing it up just before his 18th birthday in August. The city then stepped in and built a sidewalk up to the swing pad.
Brock came up with the project after his younger brother, Kyle, was confined to a wheelchair as part of an assignment through his Mustang Scout Pack 398. Kyle wasn’t able to do anything at the playground so Brock came up with the idea of the swing.
The project was made possible by a long list of supporters and volunteers. Brock, who also raised funds to purchase the swing, thanked everyone for their support at the opening. He then cut the yellow caution tape, officially opening the swing to the public.
“I was excited to see the swing opened and ready to be used,” Brock said after the opening. “I felt very joyous seeing them use the swing for the first time.”
On Sunday, three local youth were on hand to be the first ones to try it out. They included Corbyn Ritchie, who came with his mom, Jodi. Rachel Richardson, who teaches at Canyon Ridge Intermediate, brought her two daughters, including Alexis, out to try the swing as well.
At the ceremony, Assistant City Manager Justin Battles expressed his thanks to Brock for completing the project and said the city would step in to maintain and improve the swing as needed. He mentioned the installation of a sun shade so the swing could be enjoyed in the hot summer months.
On social media, the swing was hailed by the Mustang community and beyond. A video posted from the opening had received more than 52,000 views as of press time and encouraging comments were posted thanking the scout for his unique project.
The swing is located just south of SW 59th Street, west of Mustang Road, in the city park by the pavilion, veterans memorial and playground.