Safety City celebrated it’s 25th anniversary on Wednesday in Longview. Safety City is a miniature version of Longview and it’s used to teach children safety tips they can use in real life. Longview officials and Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt officially declared April 13, Safety City Day.
For the anniversary, a tree was dedicated and the new Leadership Longview Lounge was revealed. This will serve as a classroom for teachers and the Longview Police Department and Longview Fire Department. Safety City serves as a fun learning experience for kids.
Iesha Robinson, Fire Education Specialist with the Longview Fire Department said, “They really enjoy getting to ride the bikes, talking to fire fighters, police, riding the go carts. It’s a fun way to learn a very important lesson.”
Officials want the mini park to keep expanding and growing, so they are working on a new project in Safety City.
Johnny Zackary, Longview Fire Department Fire Marshal said, “It’s a good landmark of 25 years. And we’re excited about the next 25 years as we continue to grow the city with projects that we are currently working on is the ‘Fire Safety Interactive Theater’.”
The new theater will cost $400,000 to build. Safety City is not funded by the city and it’s part of a non-profit. As a result, the Safety City Board is looking for any donations from private or corporate sponsors.