The proposed land for the park is currently used to hold the carnival which benefits various charities sponsored by the Altus Firefighters Association. Representative Jim Beavers brought the carnival issue to the council's attention. Formerly the Association was using the land at the corner or Park Lane and Falcon Road. The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), owner of the land, told the Association they could no longer use the land due to liability issues.
City Administrator Mike Nettles pointed out, the City maintains that corner lot. He also pointed out the BOR owns land at Quartz Mountain and allows dune buggies to operate there, which may appear to be a bigger liability than a carnival.
Before the vote was taken, council member Rick Henry asked that this item be tabled for more time to explore availability of the Park Lane and Falcon Road land. Possibly the Firefighters Association could hold the carnival there again. The members who made the motions for the park did not want to back them out, so the council went to vote. It became a four-to-four vote, since Sid Willis had come in after the meeting started. This tie forced Mayor T.L. Gramling to cast the deciding vote. He voted "No".