The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


March 13, 2014

Thanks go to City Hall, advisory panel for improving city’s attractions

If you haven’t noticed, workers are busy installing new playground equipment at several Enid parks.

Exciting new play areas are being built at Champion, Champlin, Government Springs, Don Haskins, Glenwood and Meadowlake Park in Enid. That’s something to brag about.

The city of Enid should wind up spending around $700,000 on the equipment at six city parks. In a budget meeting last year, the City Commission agreed to fund $750,000 to replace older slides, jungle gyms and other playthings.

City Commissioners Ron Janzen, Tammy Wilson and Dr. David Vanhooser met as a subcommittee to narrow down a selection of equipment based on the original budget limits. The Enid Parks Board, an advisory panel, made recommendations on which parks needed the most improvements.

Thanks to City Hall and the Parks Board for your work to maintain and improve our parks. Citizens absolutely wanted this, and your leadership made it happen.

Meadowlake Park will get the most, with five play areas replaced. It will feature a unique Kompan electronic playground in the southern portion of the park and a rocket ship-themed play area, with age-appropriate sections, in the north.

In all, Meadowlake Parks North and South were approved for a combined $263,000 in new equipment.

The city also is planning for a hill slide at South Meadowlake Park and playground equipment for La Mesa Park.

Glenwood Park was authorized to receive $143,000 in equipment. Also, the city believes Don Haskins Park needs a new look and will spend $80,000 on two play areas.

Phillips Southern Heights Park will receive two age-appropriate play areas.

The city earmarked $120,000 for Government Springs North. This equipment comes in the form of a treehouse, and part of it could end up being one of a kind.

When the Garland North Detention Facility is not being used to hold floodwater, City Manager Eric Benson suggested it could be used as a park.

We’re thrilled about a possible fishing park and dog park, which are innovative — and inexpensive — attractions.

That’s not all. The recent Champlin renovation project was the culmination of a joint effort between the city and 125 private donors.

And in another collaboration between community donors and the city, a 45-foot tall Ferris wheel is headed soon to Meadowlake. The wheel, manufactured by Eli Bridge Co. in 1948 and recently refurbished, will be owned by Enid Kiwanis Club and placed alongside the club’s existing attractions at the park.

It’s great to see the community working together to improve our park options in Enid.

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