First Look at Fair Park's 500-Foot-Tall "Observation Tower Ride" Meant for Midway

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Click to enlargen this look at Errol McKoy's 500-foot erection proposed for Fair Park.
It's been almost two years since State Fair of Texas President Errol McKoy began talking about his plans to take a bite out of Six Flags' business by erecting his own monster Top of Texas Centennial Tower on the Midway -- the first part of plans to turn Fair Park into a year-round, or at least summer-long, destination. Since then, it's been rather quiet on that all-the-time State Fair front. But this very afternoon, the Landmark Commission will courtesy-review Good Fulton & Farrell's plans for the tower; you too can sneak a peek right here, beginning on Page 95.

Landmark's task force likes what it sees so far -- and "expresses its preference that the adjacent radio tower be removed or relocated." Another look-see, this one from outside the gates of Fair Park, follows. Because nothing clear the head of Super Bowl bad memories faster than conceptual renderings of new things at Fair Park.

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sizzler
sizzler

clearly the views from the much more exciting massive ferris wheel next to it are insufficient

gshelton
gshelton

I just don't think that "ride" is engaging enough to lure anyone to the park on a non-event weekend. I am all for the idea of more Rides but lets do something that will really be a lure.

MattL1
MattL1

That actually looks pretty awesome.

Lakewoodhobo
Lakewoodhobo

Did they scrap plans to house the centennial fair memorabilia collection at the base of the tower?

Xgman51
Xgman51

I spent 3 months doing photos of the 1936 Centennial collection, so I hope it is still on tap.

Thelisma Partridge
Thelisma Partridge

yes, let's build a 500 ft tall obstruction directly in line with the runways at Love Field...

Ed D.
Ed D.

How could it be more of an obstruction that the taller, immediately adjacent radio tower?

Downtown_worker
Downtown_worker

You can read the FAA's "Determination of No Hazard to Air Navigation" letter on page 117 of the document.

Randell Weatherall Jr
Randell Weatherall Jr

There would be a nice view from there. Downtown, White Rock, and the Trinity Forest.

pak152
pak152

will allow John Wiley Price to survey his kingdom

carphead
carphead

An unobstructed view of South Dallas. genius.

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