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Lee Davis
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Username: Leed

Post Number: 1
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Saturday, January 19, 2008 - 08:38 am:   

I have noticed a very large stone horse with a wagon attached, fenced off in this park. When the fence is removed, what measures are being taken to ensure safety? The horse looks sharp from the stone, it is tall and built over concrete. I am sure that kids will be climbing this attraction. What has been done to stabilize it so that it will not fall over from multiple climbers? What will be done to the ground beneath it to cushion falls? I guess what I am trying to say is that while it looks great, it is inviting accidents to happen. Thanks in advance!

Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec
Username: Rick

Post Number: 369
Registered: 01-2002
Posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 - 11:48 am:   

Mr. Davis

Thank you for your note regarding the artwork found at J.C. Grant neighborhood park. Once the park is open, the area near the horse and wagon will be open for users to interact with the artwork.

The City requires that artwork such as this be reviewed and sealed by a structural engineer licensed in the State of Texas. This structural engineer gave recommendations on how the art was to be installed to the footings and what the size and type of structural members are within the horse.

This should prevent the art work from being damaged by users or from it falling on people. The Artist used grout to fill near the edges of stone.

When inspecting the work recently, I did not find any sharp edges. There may be users that climb on the art however that is not its intended use and we will not be able to guard against people falling off if they do climb on it.

As with any art work that lies within our parks, it is our hope that visitors will respect this work and utilize it for any purposes other than what was intended. Our experience has been very positive in this up to now and hopefully this will continue.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to let me know.

Dudley Raymond
Planning and Business Development Superintendent

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