The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


October 17, 2013

Enid Park Board's plans for Meadowlake are a good move

ENID, Okla. — We like the talk we’re hearing from the city of Enid Park Board concerning plans for Meadowlake Park.

There has been a lot of talk about ways to make the park better, including some discussion about bringing in a Ferris wheel and other amusement-style rides.

There also is talk about possibly bringing back the paddle boats to the lake.

Whatever is discussed, we’re excited to see ideas are being put out there.

Meadowlake Park has long been Enid’s premier park, but it is in need of improvements.

Park Board members point to the great work done through a public-private partnership at Champlin Park, at the corner of Garriott and Van Buren. Private donors gave more than $140,000 to that project, which included some tremendous new playground equipment.

We’d like to think a similar public-private partnership would work just as well for improvements at Meadowlake Park. We like the idea of the community becoming a stakeholder in the project.

A lot of what happens at Meadowlake Park already involves the city and community.

Kiwanis Club operates the popular train and carousel, and work continues to get the carousel back up and running. The city of Enid built the new house for the carousel, and Kiwanis members are working to get the carousel reassembled and back ready for next year.

That public-private work has proven to be successful. We’re sure a more involved public-private endeavor would be just as successful.

We’re excited about the prospects for Meadowlake Park.

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