Category Archives: Coppell

Council votes for Coppell’s first dog park

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Residents and their four-legged canine friends will have a dog park to visit this fall.

The Coppell City Council voted unanimously on May 14 to approve a $288,984 contract with HQS Construction to build the long-awaited dog park.

Construction at the MacArthur Park could take up to 100 days and a grand opening will be scheduled in the fall when the dog park opens, according to Brad Reid, director of parks and recreation.

“We’ve been talking about this dog park for a lot of years,” Reid said. “We’ve had a number of groups approach us and staff to request this item for a number of years.”

After the vote, Tracey Allard, who has helped spearhead the effort to open a dog park in the city, cheered along with other supporters.

“Imagine how much stronger our community will be when we get to meet and greet and bond over our furry family members,” Allard said.

The park will be about 2.5 acres with about half an acre dedicated to small dogs and the rest earmarked for larger dogs. The new park will be located within MacArthur Park, east of MacArthur Boulevard and north of the fire station.

“This has been a quality of life issue in Coppell for many years and the support for this has been impressive,” Council member Marvin Franklins said. “I’m very pleased to support this.”

Coppell kindergartner models in 25th Annual Fashion Show

At the 25th Annual Children’s Cancer Fund Luncheon and Fashion Show, young cancer survivor Natasha Green, a six-year-old from Coppell, modeled a white spring frock May 3, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. Natasha was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood.

Natasha’s outfit reflected her sense of style and personality because she picked it out. She joined 36 other children who took part in the annual fundraiser. Fashions were donated by Dillard’s, and each child got to keep the items they chose to model.

Money donated at the event supports research for cures of childhood cancer and helps find ways to minimize the long-term effects of treatment to give children like Natasha a happier and healthier life.

When it was Natasha’s turn to strut down the runway, she was pushed on stage atop a brown truck by two employees of United Parcel Service (UPS) dressed in their trademark brown. They presented her with a sparkling tiara.

“I have family members who are struggling with cancer right now, and my best friend lost his two year old daughter to cancer,” said UPS employee Lindsay Cordova. “These kids dealing with cancer have the best perspective in the world; they are always so happy, and that puts things in perspective to me. We can be nitpicky of the little things and get discouraged, but look at them. They have so much more to deal with, and they stay positive and live life to the fullest.”

Natasha is a kindergarten student at Pinkerton Elementary School in Coppell where her favorite subject is math. She has an older sister and brother.

“I would like to be a police officer when I grow up,” Natasha said. She likes to paint, draw pictures, help her mom in the garden, play dress up, and play with her cousin Co-Co. Her artwork was included in the event’s 2013 Reflections Book.

The theme of the luncheon and style show was Under the Sea. Natasha said if she could be any sea animal and live in the ocean, she would be a turtle because they are fun to hold.

Honorary and longtime co-chairs of the event were Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach. Broadcasters Clarice Tinsley and Steve Eager served as emcees. Rudy Gatlin sang A Healing Stream of Love, and singer-songwriter Terry McDermott, runner-up on The Voice last season, also sang.

Jennifer DeLaughter and Elizabeth Farr were co-chairs of the event.

“In six short weeks I will become a first time mother; I can only imagine how hard it would be to stand at my daughter’s side while she fights a battle that I can’t fight for her,” Farr said. “I am forever inspired by the courage these families and their children show every day. This is a wonderful opportunity for them to forget the daily struggle of treatment, pain, and hospital visits and shine like the stars they truly are.”

Coppell HS soccer player speaks at Valley Ranch Elementary School

Coppell ISD campuses held their annual ACES (All Children Exercise Simultaneously) day May 3.

Valley Ranch Elementary received a message from Olympic Gymnast Kim Zmezkal, and students got to listen to guest speaker Wyatt Foster, a varsity soccer player from Coppell High School’s State Championship team. Foster, who will attend Rogers State University next fall, spoke to the audience about working hard and staying healthy. The students were then led in dancing and a walk around the school grounds by the VRE Physical Education Teacher, Mrs. Urey.

Coppell Farmers Market seeks volunteers

Behind the scenes of Coppell Farmers Market is a committee of volunteers working to assure that the market runs smoothly and successfully. Sharing a love for the market, its vendors and fresh, local food, committee members handle tasks such as:

Site visits to vendors’ farms, ranches and production facilities. This helps assure the integrity of the market and at the same time deepens our relationship with the vendors.

Review vendor applications to determine appropriateness of new vendors and proper vendor mix.

Marketing the market, reaching out to new customers and keeping current customers informed about what’s fresh and what’s happening.

Maintaining a web and social media presence.

Handling the SNAP program of acceptance of Lone Star cards.

Hosting the Farm to Table dinner.

Overseeing and promote the market’s transition to the new site.

Setting up special events such as chef demos, craft days, Customer Appreciation Day,  and Vendor Appreciation Day.

Scheduling non-profit booths.

Keeping up with affiliation memberships.

Locals who enjoy the market and think it could be fun and interesting to work behind the scenes may volunteer or ask questions at info@coppellfarmersmarket.org.

Source: Farmers Market Website

GROUNDBREAKING: Coppell Biodiversity Center one step closer to reality

Photo by Cindy Wolfe
At the Biodiversity Education Center groundbreaking, Tara
Ferguson, a junior at Stephen F. Austin University, observes
the progress from a CAT. Ferguson was in seventh grade when
she and several other students proposed the environmental
education center. / Photo by Cindy Wolfe

Friends of Coppell Nature Park broke ground on their long awaited, long planned for Biodiversity Education Center on April 22.

“About 125 attended – five councilmen, the mayor, president of the school board, trustees, representatives of Congressman Marchant’s office and County Commissioner Cantrell’s office, plus our foundation directors, and the general public,” said Lou Duggan, Executive Director of Friends of Coppell Nature Park. “Several people have said that it was the best attended groundbreaking they have seen.”

Tara Ferguson, who was in seventh grade when she and several other students envisioned and proposed the environmental education center, also attended the groundbreaking.

“Now she is a junior at Stephen F. Austin University,” Duggan said.

The center, planned to be a diverse approach to teaching environmental education for all ages and audiences, will be located within the Coppell Nature Park, located off Freeport Parkway. Total construction cost is estimated at about $1.6 million.

The facility will provide handson environmental education with applications of solar power, rain water capture, green construction and composting. Elementary students will be able to study rock and fossils; middle schools may use labs for conservation studies, and high school students will be able to see real world applications of engineering. The building may also be used for civic gatherings and meetings.

At the groundbreaking, Matt Jack from Congressman Kenny Marchant’s office presented Mayor Karen Hunt with an American flag that flew over the Capitol in Austin, which will be displayed in the Biodiversity Education Center.

Coppell defeats Brownsville Hannah for 5A soccer title

Photo by Kenny Tucker
Coppell High School boys soccer team celebrates winning the State UIL 5A Championship in Georgetown on April 20. / Photo by Kenny Tucker

After battling through double overtime, Coppell High School won the 5A UIL State Soccer Tournament, beating Brownsville Hannah High School’s team 3-2 at Birkelbach Field in Georgetown on April 20.

Chris Madden, a junior at CHS, had a night he will probably be telling his grandkids about someday. Madden scored the goal to tie the game and send it into overtime. In the second overtime, Madden scored the game winning goal with 56 seconds left in overtime. He was named Most Valuable Player.

“I don’t think that there was ever a turning point in the season where I knew a state title was in our grasp,” Coach Chad Rakestraw said. “We knew right from the start that we would have an opportunity if we came together as a team and put the team above any individual.

“When we got back from our tournament in Florida and placed third, defeating the #1 team in the nation, we knew winning state championship was a realistic goal.

“I would attribute the team’s success to teamwork and character,” Rakestraw said. “This team was selfless; they put their brothers before themselves and cared more about the team than themselves. Their character was what pushed us through some tough games in the playoffs, including having to fight back to put the state championship game to OT and then go on and win.”