Dallas Commissioners Set To Vote On “Observation” Wheel

update 1:10 p.m. – The observation wheel vote has been tabled. A representative from the company proposing to build the observation wheel, Great City Attractions, is in North Texas and meeting with various Dallas officials Tuesday. While there was no vote today, the plan for the Ferris wheel-type project is still alive.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County commissioners are scheduled to vote Tuesday on whether or not to build a massive “observation” wheel that’s expected to be a lot like others already in Europe.

If approved, it will be built near the President John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza, in downtown Dallas.

The 17-story observation wheel, similar to a Ferris wheel, would also be close to a number of Dallas historic landmarks.

Supporters say it will give riders a spectacular view of downtown Dallas, the JFK Memorial, Dealey Plaza, and the Old Red Courthouse.

The ride would be the same type of amusement attraction that sits along London’s river Thames – an air-conditioned gondola, and Dallas would be the first city in the U.S. to have such a wheel.

The proposed attraction would also be close to another memorial and it’s that location that some people are opposed to.

Plans have the 174-foot attraction sitting next to the memorial that commemorates the 19 Dallas County sheriff’s deputies who’ve lost their lives in the line of duty.

Captain Mark Howard thinks the giant wheel should be build somewhere else. “In one word, it’s disrespectful. This is hallowed ground. This is where you come to pay respect; it’s not the place for a carnival ride,” he said.

The county commissioners have already given preliminary approval for the observation wheel and one of the leaders believes the location is good for everyone.

“It’s not the fact that it will take away from the [fallen sheriff’s deputies] memorial, explained Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price, “We think it will do just the opposite. It will bring more attention to the area.”

In terms of height, the proposed observation wheel would not be higher than the Texas Star Ferris wheel on the state fairgrounds. The Texas Star stands at 212-feet, some three stories higher than the observation wheel.


One Comment

  1. silverdragon8448 says:

    Don’t we have more important things to spend taxpayer’s money on.

  2. darrell says:

    dallas county commissioners court. probably the most corrupt group in dallas county wants to waste taxpayer money on this stupid project. making attempts to have dallas appear as a world class city and tourist destination is kind of like making AIDS the thing to have as a social statement. you cant make dallas into something it will never be. it will allways be a pig of a place to live.

  3. Lazarusbrands says:

    Just what Dallas needs… Another poorly conceived boondoggle, disconnected from all the other poorly conceived boondoggles including the tunnel system, Canton Street plaza, the Reunion Tower, the Woodall Rodgers “billion dollars a block” park that won’t be used any more than the Cancer Survivor’s park, the Thanksgiving Square chapel, or any of the other tacky attempts at making this city a great place to drive through in an air conditioned car, on the way to tourism friendly, pedestrian friendly FORT WORTH!

  4. FedUpTxn says:

    Go ahead JWP, prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Dallas has NO class whatsoever. The idea is fine, but not the location. Put it in the West End where business is needed, not near memorials.

    1. chris says:

      I anticipate you didnt already know this, but take a look at the london eye…..its in a place near many historical places like big ben, the parliment building, etc. I think we see clearly what your real issue is in that you are only willing to call out john wiley price

  5. DallasGuy says:

    I really looked at my calendar when I saw this headline. I had to make sure it wasn’t April 1st!!!! In this time of economic struggle, to suggest such an ill conceived plan as this is just plain ludicrous. I don’t visit any of those memorials now, I sure as heck am not going to visit them because there is some diminutive london eye replica there!!!

  6. rantanamo says:

    Tax Payer money is not to be spent on this. They are voting on allowing it to be built on that specific spot

    1. darrell says:

      if john wiley supports this plan rest assured that somewhere in the future of this project taxpayer dollars will find their way into the mix. he allways leverages his schemes from multiple angles to insure he gets whatever it is he is looking for from the deal.

    2. Lazarusbrands says:

      “They are voting on alowing it to be built on…” …A spot that will greatly reduce the importance and value of the immediately surrounding buildings, parks and historical sites. This is another desperate attempt to make downtown Dallas viable. But without an urban renewal master plan, it will just add to the myriad of tacky, unconnected pieces of the downtown Dallas landscape.

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