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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%), whom 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 will be 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.
The Coppell Life Safety Park has been under construction over the past year and is finally open for use. The 15,000 square foot facility is 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.