KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Construction is set to begin on a playground at Lakeshore Park built in honor of a young boy who passed away.

Three-year-old Hank Rappé died in 2013, two days before his first Knox Youth Sports tee-ball game at Lakeshore Park.

Organizers say the playground is the first improvement to be constructed at the park after an extensive public input process and an update of the master plan for the 185 acre park.

The playground is designed to be inclusive for all children, including multiple play areas and special equipment.

Organizers say donations from the medical community and friends and family of the Rappés to Knox Youth Sports provided initial funds for playground equipment.

The cost of construction of the playground and other improvements has been provided through donations to the Lakeshore Park Board.

City officials say the total cost of the playground, an adjacent parking area, landscaping and other improvements is $1.2 million.

Construction team members include Ross/Fowler Landscape Architects, Partners Development, Denark Construction, Inc. and Home Federal Bank of Tennessee.

This project should be completed and the playground open by mid-summer.