The original Dennis the Menace park was opened in July 1959 in Midland, Texas, as one of the first adventure parks in the United States. The park commemorates the Dennis the Menace comic strip created by Hank Ketcham.
Numerous features unique to the park were cherished by generations of visitors. The signature lion fountain at the entrance, an airplane play structure and swing uprights are a few of those beloved features.
demolition of unsafe conditions, accessible pedestrian walkways, landscape, irrigation trees, new restrooms, a resurfaced parking lot, security lighting and shade canopies
playground upgrades with 4 new differently themed playground areas
finished the project with additional play equipment and a splash pad
During the public meeting process, a high priority discussion was the preservation of the historic features. Although the current accessibility and safety requirements prevented the design team from leaving the park and playground as-is, the fact remained that generations of Midlanders had emotional ties to the park and the iconic structures within. The solution was proposed to re-purpose these features, such as the swing uprights which were incorporated into the entry signage.
The iconic airplane play structure was relocated to an elevated platform, just out of reach for climbing, as a focal point and the beginning of countless “do you remember when” stories.