The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

February 26, 2014

Editorial: What’s not to like about a Ferris wheel in Enid?

ENID, Okla. — Some people will complain about almost anything, but it’s hard to criticize news of a 45-foot tall Ferris wheel coming this fall to Meadowlake Park.

The recently refurbished wheel, which was manufactured by Eli Bridge Co. in 1948, is the result of a collaboration between community donors and the city of Enid.

The new attraction will be owned by Enid Kiwanis Club and placed alongside the club’s existing rides at Meadowlake Park.

Ward 5 Commissioner Tammy Wilson and Kiwanian and Enid Parks Board Chairman Matt Davis traveled to see the wheel first-hand in Illinois. They deserve special recognition for spearheading this project for our community.

Enid residents should thank the Champlin Foundation for donating $40,000 toward the project, along with Kiwanis and Park Avenue Thrift for helping with the rest.

City commissioners should approve spending about $53,000 on lights, electrical work, structural plans, a concrete foundation, a permanent fence and installation costs.

Kiwanis Club may install an automated ticket kiosk instead of hiring ticket booth workers at the park, which costs the organization about $5,000 each year summer. We hope it is staffed enough to keep it running.

The future Ferris wheel is some of the most exciting news in Enid in recent memory. It will give citizens something to do, and the amusement attraction will look good aesthetically for resident and visitors alike. We can’t wait.

This Meadowlake Park renovation harkens back to the past, evoking nostalgic memories of “The Bullet” amusement ride (aka the “Roll-O-Plane” or “Salt and Pepper Shakers”) and paddleboats on the lake.

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