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About Life Safety Park

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What's happening at the Life Safety Park?

​​During the Fourth Quarter, the Life Safety Park wrapped up the first year of summer programs and has kicked off the school year! This quarter includes the transition time from summer to fall, which gave the Life Safety Park staff time to focus on improving the classes offered. During this Fourth Quarter of FY 2016-2017, a total of 1,212 people visited the Life Safety Park. This includes 558 children and 654 adults.​ Please see our Fourth Quarter Report​ if you'd like more information on the Life Safety Park usage.​

What is the Coppell Life Safety Park?

The Coppell Life Safety Park is a joint public education venture between several City of Coppell departments. The Coppell Life Safety Park provides a comprehensive learning environment for children, families, corporate citizens, and the general public regarding overall life safety education programs.

Who can visit the LSP?

​The Life Safety Park is for all Coppell citizens!  We welcome students from public and private schools, homeschools, daycares, as well as Boy Scouts and Girl Scout troops, and other civic organizations.  We welcome public visitation to tour the facility, but due to potential scheduling conflicts, we ask that you call ahead to make arrangements.  We are working to increase and improve our programs so please keep checking our website for program updates and availability.

I heard that the Life Safety Park houses the EOC. What is the EOC?
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is a central command and control facility responsible for ensuring municipal operations are maintained throughout unforeseen events.  It is specially designed with reinforced construction materials, and equipped with advanced technological audio/video equipment.  In the event of EOC activation, representatives from the public safety, emergency response, and various support agencies within each city department are called in to coordinate and enact the City’s Emergency Operations Plan.  For more information on the Emergency Operations Center and Emergency Management, see the Emergency Management website.

How do I sign up for a class?
We are currently coordinating with Coppell ISD, private schools, and homeschool groups to plan their study trips during the fall semester.  CPR/AED classes are still offered once a month.  Please register for CPR/AED by clicking here.

Those little jeeps are so cool! Can you tell me about those?
The jeeps are a unique educational tool for our younger visitors. They give our kindergarteners and 1st graders the opportunity to practice their motor vehicle and pedestrian safety skills that they learned in the LSP classroom.  Due to size and weight limitations, the jeeps are limited to our younger visitors.  We welcome our older visitors to continue to practice their pedestrian safety skills on Safety Town.  If you would like your kindergartener or 1st grader to learn and practice motor vehicle safety skills, please talk to your child's teacher about scheduling a trip for their class to come visit us during the school year.

Can I just show up for a tour or class without registering?

While we will do our best to accommodate “walk-in” tours, we still encourage you call or contact us ahead of time to make visitation arrangements, as we anticipate full schedules during the year. Jeeps are not a part of the tour, and tours do not include a safety lesson. Please understand that tour times may vary and space may be limited.

I see there is a playground on site. Can I bring my child/family in to use it?

The Life Safety Park playground is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, accessible through the new gate adjacent to the parking lot.  However, please note the dates listed below where the playground will be closed due to private events. Due to possible schedule changes, these hours are subject to change without notice.  No LSP staff members will be present on the playground; therefore, children playing on site will require responsible supervision at all times.  The playground times do not include access to Safety Town.  If you would like a tour of Safety Town, please call ahead to schedule a tour.

​​Date​Playground Times
​Sunday, October 22 - Saturday, October 28Open - Sunup to Sundown

What is the cost of visiting the LSP?
All tours, programs, classes and activities at the LSP are FREE to our visitors! The LSP is funded by the City of Coppell’s Recreation Development Corporation (CRDC), under the Bold ​Vision, Big Impact Campaign.​

Can I have a meeting in one of the classrooms?
All community groups and organizations are welcome to use the classrooms for meetings.  There is no fee to use the facililty, but it is required that all attendees learn a valuable life safety lesson while here.  Meeting space and time is limited.  Please contact us to check availability.

Can I have a birthday party at the LSP?

We are currently working with city administration to get an approved policy for birthday parties.  Until we have that policy in place, we are not currently scheduling birthday parties.  ​

Are the firefighters and police officers at the Life Safety Park real-life public service members?

Of course!  All of the firefighters and police officers at the Life Safety Park are volunteering on their off-duty days.  The men and women of our public safety departments enjoy sharing their knowledge of their jobs with visitors, so please be sure to thank them for their service!

If you have a question that was not answered here, we'd love to hear from you! Give us a call at (972) 462-5373, or send an email to LSP@coppelltx.gov​ with your inquiry, and a Life Safety Park representative will return your message within 24-48 hours.​


HISTORY​​​ of the LSP

​​Voted in by a special election in November 2013, the Coppell Life Safety Park was one of many capital improvement projects under Proposition 1 which reauthorized and extended the one-half percent sales tax devotion to such tasks. These projects were all proposed to support the Coppell 2030 strategic vision adopted in March of 2009. Coppell 2030 undertakes the mission of improving the quality of life for all of Coppell citizens by providing and improving entertainment and gathering space, public parks and recreational facilities, open space improvements, and exhibition and museum facilities. 

Funding for the Life Safety Park comes from the Coppell Recreation and Development Corporation (CRDC; 70%), which oversees the distribution of the one-half percent sales tax. A remaining portion of the funding comes from the crime control district (18%), and general funds (12%). The total estimated project cost is about $6.9 million, which includes construction cost, professional services fees, testing and inspections, owner allowance and contingency, furniture, fixtures and equipment.​ 

Lessons and programs offered within the Life Safety Park will provide Coppell residents and the surrounding community with a foundation for a lifetime of living safely.​ The facility is open to children and adult visitors--from families, corporate citizens, businesses, various community organizations throughout the area, and the general public--to enhance Coppell's commitment to community education programs. The Life Safety Park is a joint venture between several city departments, but is run by the Coppell Fire Department.


 

LIFE SAFETY PARK DESIGN

​The Coppell Life Safety Park is a 15,000 square foot facility designed into five main parts; the main education building, and four smaller buildings that comprise the outdoor "Safety Town" campus. These four smaller buildings are the public safety building, the home safety building, the multi-purpose building, and the vehicle storage building.​ All four of the "mini" structures in Safety Town have different facades modeled after buildings you might recognize as Coppell landmarks. The Town also includes streets and site props (such as a railroad crossing, stoplights, and pedestrian​ crosswalks) where children can walk and ride around town learning safety rules.​ 

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      MAIN EDUCATION BUILDING

​​The Life Safety Park's miss​​ion of bridging life safety and public education is accomplished in large part within the main Education Building. The main building provides over 10,000 square feet of learning and working space to visitors and employees, and houses:
  • ​The beautifully designed main entrance and visitor hall
  • A museum and public safety memorial garden
  • A number of offices and conference rooms
  • Three classrooms holding 30 people each
  • The new Emergency Operations Center

    THE MULTIPURPOSE BUILDING

A meeting/conference room for up to 30 people, the Multipurpose Building is designed for community use. The building is equipped with comfortable tables and chairs, a large monitor with presentation capabilities, a small galley kitchen, and its own bathroom facility. The Multipurpose Building is a self-contained educational structure external to the main building. It can be booked for special events, meetings, classes, and community gatherings.

      THE HOME SAFETY BUILDING

Designed to look like a single-family two story home, the Home Safety Building is where visitors will learn about home fire and life safety, and severe weather preparedness. The functional lower floor contains a working kitchen, living area, bedroom, bathroom, and a storage closet. The kitchen is equipped with a custom range module that can simulate an oven and stove fire for visitors to “put out”. The living area houses a row of theater bench seating facing a large TV monitor where visitors watch a special weather segment created by our friends at CBS 11. The bedroom, constructed with a special smoke-effect ventilation system, is a place where visitors can practice their home fire exit drills.

      THE PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING

Split between the Coppell Fire and Police Departments, the Public Safety Building is where visitors will tour fire and police stations, learning about the life-saving functions our brave men and women perform every day for citizens in Coppell. The Fire Department side houses a refurbished fire engine, where visitors are free to explore inside the cab; there is a fireman’s tool wall and bunker gear locker for hands-on learning. The Police Department side houses a police SUV, equipment, and duty gear used in daily activities so that visitors can experience what it’s like to be in the world of law enforcement. 

      ​THE VEHICLE STORAGE BUILDING

Though not open to visitors, the Vehicle Storage Building will act as the Safety Town’s garage, housing the kids’ jeeps, bicycles (when acquired), and various other safety equipment. The building will contain a small office for our firefighters to perform the crucial task of equipment service and maintenance. 

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Where
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Life Safety Park
820 S. Coppell Rd.
Coppell, TX 75019

Contact:

O: (972) 462-5373
F: (972) 304-5133​
LSP@coppelltx.gov​
www.LifeSafetyPark.org
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