During his short stay on this earth, Trent Pace made a strong impression on his fellow Keller people. Although he can’t walk or talk, he has managed to connect with others in such a way that they will remember him forever.
As part of the Overton Ridge Park expansion in Keller, Trent’s Playhouse will be added. The project, recently approved by Keller City Council, is expected to be completed in August.
Trent, born with an illness that prevented him from walking or talking, died in March 2021 aged 11.
“When Trent was born, we were an active family. We liked to run and play outside. The realization that he couldn’t do those things was devastating to us,” said his mother, Nicki Pace. “We spent a few years trying to fix it, but it was never God’s plan. He was never going to change it, he was going to change us and show us how to thrive in the life we were given.
“That’s exactly what we did, and it was an incredible race.”
The playhouse comes from The Playground Depot and offers a magnifying glass for observation, a table for dramatic/cooperative play, a gross motor panel for manipulative/cooperative play, a clock for telling/teaching the time, engraved animals for exploratory/dramatic play and engraving. on the table for plotting, etc. It even has a replica of a cozy little fireplace and fireplace.
The dimensions of Trent’s Playhouse will be approximately 55 inches by 94 inches and 5 feet tall.
“Just a few months after losing Trent, we heard about this park project and it once again gave us that special feeling. We knew it was another gift for us, a hug that we could once again include our child and his legacy in our own town,” Nicki said.
Keller Mayor Armin Mizani said of Trent, “We all have an angel here in Keller watching over us. I can’t think of a nicer park to do this, considering what Overton Ridge Park is going to mean to the city.
The town already had a small memorial for Trent in the Keller Rock Garden.
“While it was a wonderful memorial for us, we wanted to do something bigger, to honor its impact given its limitations,” Nicki said.
Trent’s Playhouse will also be near an inclusive playground which is part of the park expansion and is currently under construction. There will also be a plaque honoring Trent and talking about him installed on the pavilion planned for the park.
“My prayer is that anyone visiting this park who is weighed down by special needs, or who is just weighed down by a struggle they didn’t ask for, will be encouraged by the way God used Trent, used our child broken to change our point of view. , and can even now contribute to a change in her community,” Nicki said.
“For someone who couldn’t walk or talk and was completely addicted to everything, he did an incredible job of changing the world.”