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Grand Prairie Daily News (Newspaper) - September 27, 1976, Grand Prairie, Texas Parkhill wants city to buy Lion Country land By NEIL LANDSMAN Staff Writer Grand Prairie may be out of the animal park business but Mayor Weldon Parkhill would like to see the city enter either the amusement or industrial park The city has an option to buy 385 acres of land at Lion Country Safari from Gifco The area is divided be tween a 100acre tract where the city has installed improvements and util ites and 285 acres of rough land according to The city can purchase either tract and Angus a designer and former stockholder in Six Flags Over has an option to pur chase either tract from the Im interested in the city buy ing the land where the improve ments Parkhill thats where the city has an invest ment in its a very marketable piece of land with the if its not mar the city can still use it in the Parks and Recreation Department for many And its just good business for the Not that wed get back into the recreational business by subsidy or sponsorship or otherwise but its good Parkhill The city can purchase the im proved land for per Par khill The 285 acres will cost be tween and per Those are terms we can live said the The question is which option should the city The city has until April to buy the The city sold the animals at Lion Country Safari to the International Animal Exchange of Michigan for on The new owners are now taking charge of the animals and will keep them in the Grand Prairie preserve until at least March The In ternational Animal Exchange could keep the animals there and continue operating the park as a tourist at traction after April even though the citys agreement with Gifco runs The city should pursue or look at the overall acreage at Lion Coun try as to the formation of either a profit or nonprofit industrial dis either private or Par khill All of that reclaimed area north of the DallasFort Worth Turnpike can only be used for industrial Theres industry in the its rough land and thats the way its presently Parkhill con The land also has accessa bility to main highways and Its industrial based on our present land planners The mayor also said that state legislation is pending for creation of a levy district in the area to elimi nate the flooding problem so that the land can be fully utilized for indus trial Water and sewage lines have already been extended to the im proved acreage and for an industrial the land would merely have to be cleared and Par khill The area is also conducive to recreational the mayor con Its still possible for an ani mal park to remain And An gus Wynn hasnt said no to Big Surf there Big Surf is a giant swimming pool with sand beaches surrounding A machine in the water would create giant waves for Wynn is currently building a Big Surf salt water pool near Galveston but a Big Surf in Grand Prairie would have fresh The city has not yet decided what it will do with either land op tion but Parkhill believes that at least the 100 acres of improved land would be a good investment for Grand GRAND TEXAS ALLAMERICA CITY GRAND PRAIRIE DAILY NEWS Grand Prairies Newspaper Since 1908 CIRCULATION PHONE 2621329 VOLUME 68 NUMBER 283 GRAND TEXAS SEPTEMBER 1976 15 Schools use new utility building By MARK MANROE Staff Writer The phones havent been in the shelves arent in and the yellow lines havent been painted on the parking lot for the bus but the Grand Prairie school district is moving into its new warehouse and maintenance The facility also includes a build ing for school bus Lo cated just south of Lee Middle School on Skyline the complex will consolidate the districts mainte food service and storage Weve been needing it for a long assistant superintendent for business Bill Arnold Included in one area will be school functions that were spread out all over the district and even in Rob administrative assist ant for business pointed out that the district is currently storing extra furniture in the gym at Dai worth Elementary and in the now unused portions of Shady Grove Ele The attic area of the administra tion building is being used for ship ping and receiving but that will largely end when they move into the new storage and maintenance facil Previously there has not been enough cold storage capacity in the district to handle all its frozen stor age The district has had to rent frozen storage space in Dallas to take care of its The area where the district has been doing bus repairs isnt big en ough to drive the bus If it was raining you couldnt work on a Goff Things have been very crowded for those who will move into the new The first thing Goff said when asked what the new building will make it possible to do that wasnt done before Goff will coordinate activities in the I dont know what my official title will Goff but they explained it to the teachers as being sort of a principal of the build The construction contract for the building with Ponderosa Construc tion of Duncanville was signed in Fe The school board accepted the structure The maintenancewarehouse building has slightly under while the bus barn has slightly over There are three temperature controlled food storage one for deep freeze of 20 one with a storage temperature of 32 and a commodities storage area which will be kept at a constant 72 The two frozen storage lockers have a series of devices to prevent anyone from getting trapped They also have locks to prevent Its the most modern freezer warehouseman Walter Hat ter said The next several months will be difficult for the groups moving into the new buildings because along with moving they have to keep up with their day to day We have to keep the day to day operation going even while were Goff He thinks it may take as long as six months before everyone is settled into the building and completely The warehousemaintenance fa cility cost to build along with an additional for equip ment and Included in the eqiuipment will be an electric Comparing the new facility to the old Goff At worst it will be Democratic HQ to open here Friday The Democratic Women of Grand Prairie will open a Demo cratic campaign headquarters from 4 to 7 Friday at 211 Main politics and punch will be said Carol Shad club It will be an opportunity to meet many local De mocratic their wives Lloyd Bentsen will be and Martin North Texas regional director for the Carter Even more the Democrats who help effect victories are the people who who who who man the the ones who consider voting their voice in government and they will be there to welcome the Shadden Shadden said she is has been a political activist all my Opening Democratic head quarters is a long standing tradition in Grand said Anne a member of the city council and former president of De mocratic Women of Grand For months members of this club have worked hard making money and soliciting donations from our De mocratic friends and generous mer We fund and operate our Democrats running for public office know this is the stronghold of the county so far as voting Democratic is The Democratic Women of Grand Prairie have pledged support for the entire Democratic Shadden Located in the American Institu tional Mortgage Building across the street from the Grand Prairie State the headquarters will serve as a site to canvass distribute candidate and party reg ister voters and a place where peo ple can gather to gain information on Shadden Everyone is welcome she We need lots of Youll find politics festive and you will participate in electing your next Shadden said she would be happy to talk to volunteers now if they call Weather GRAND PRAIRIE weather will be mostly cloudy and cooler through Tuesday with northerly winds 1015 mph and a 20 per cent chance of i READY TO these Prairie elemenatary school students wait for the show to begin in the Grand Prairie located at South Grand Prairie High Planetarium director John Pogue has created programs to instruct and delight almosl all of the districts Outer space is brought to students in planetarium By MARK MANROE Staff Writer The fourth graders file into the room as the soothing sound of harp sichord music plays softly in the they sit down in the reclining seats that sur round a strange structure with a globe on one situated on a ped estal like some pagan A friendly re sembling that of a television news replaces the harpsichord Welcome to the Grand Prairie Most of you have been here but let me remind you that the best way to see in here is to lean all the way back in your The voice belongs to planetar ium director John Pogue has run the planetarium since it opened in the fall of He has been in strumental in making the planetar ium a valued and useful part of the Grand Prairie school districts edu cational Today were going to talk about locating Pogue will use the planetarium to help explain the concepts of lati tude and longitude to the fourth For all the elementary school grades Pogue has created coordinated planetarium programs that add to and reinforce concepts being tanght in the students Pretending we can speed up were going to move ahead to tonight at about 9 The lights dim slowly as the backgroud music this time being Tubular Bells from the film The Ooohs and aaahs can be heard as the room starts to Some children point at the aluminum ho neycomb ceiling as the stars of an autumn night in Grand Prairie begin to Pogue warms up his audience by getting them to point out several prominent features in the planetar iums artificially created The children find the brightest the Big the North the Summer Triangle and other Last there were vis its by students to the Middle and high school students use it along with the younger While the programs for the higher grades are also curriculum coordi Pogue views them as more of an enrichment In a years almost all of ths districts students will make at least one trip to the Now lets pretend we can go way down to the center of the Pogue dims the lights that pro ject the stars on the rounded ceiling until the room is completely Gasps of delight arise from the children as the outlines of the conti nents and oceans appear where the stars existed a short time Pogue tells the children to pretend they are at the center of the looking from the inside out at a global map of the Obviously enjoying his Pogue shows more graphically than possible in a regular just what lines of longitude and latitude really Lets ask the people in Grand Prairie to help us out and turn all their lights A dot appears on the projected map representing Grand Then the with Pocues determine just where Grand Prairie is located in terms of longi tude and The answer 96 de grees west 32 degrees north Crime on increase in Grand Prairie Crime in Grand Prairie regis tered an eight per cent increase dur ing the month of August compared with the previous according to recently compiled monthly statis Most serious crimes such as and rape were but other recorded light to moderate Murder was down 100 per with one being reported during July and none in There were four rapes reported in three in Au Robbery was down by 33 per cent two occurred in three in The category of burglary offset decreases in overall crime with 15 per cent more being reported during the latter Police in vestigated 178 incidents of robbery during 156 in In other under was down by 12 per cent August under was up by 18 per 47 in July forgery down 33 per up by 19 per All crimes reported during the month of August numbered three per cent fewer than during the same month of Other data outlined in the report indicated that police jailed per sons answered radio calls and sent 676 back up units to answer se rious During there were 27 runaways 12 boys and 15 girls three sex two bomb 78 one and five suicide
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