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The new playground is designed to help seniors stay active while maintaining balance and coordination. (Source: KPRC/CNN) The new playground is designed to help seniors stay active while maintaining balance and coordination. (Source: KPRC/CNN)

LaMARQUE, TX (KPRC/CNN) - A new playground has opened in Texas but this isn't kid stuff. In fact, this playground is built for senior citizens.

Senior playgrounds first became popular in Europe and now they're slowly spreading to the U.S.

The equipment is specially-designed for seniors to help maintain their balance and coordination.

Proponents say since falls are some of the major causes of hospitalization for seniors working on that balance and coordination may prevent some of those accidents.

But for LaBrenda Lee, it's just fun.

“For those seniors who think life's over and ‘I just can't do this,' and to see other seniors coming in and doing this, it will inspire them I believe,” Lee said.

Local officials hope the new park will also help introduce seniors to other active people their own age.

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