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Published on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 10:14 - Written by

The Children’s Park is looking to expand.

A meditation and prayer garden, a house remodel, construction of a new building and a new deck area are all part of plans for the area around The Children’s Park at 900 S. Broadway Ave.

Jennifer Carson, president of The Children’s Park of Tyler nonprofit, said when the park opened in 2004, no one anticipated it would be used for large events, such as weddings and the annual Day of Remembrance. The Day of Remembrance has drawn up to 350 people, including children and their families.

The proposed expansion includes a remodel of the existing house, “Alison’s House,” which is off of the park’s parking lot, and constructing a building next to it, Ms. Carson said.

The office and kitchen would be moved from “Alison’s House” to the new building, which also would include storage space and restrooms.

Plans also include constructing a meditation and prayer garden, as well as a large deck and lawn area to accommodate weddings.

As of Tuesday, about Four Hundred Thousand Dollars was still needed for the proposed project.

Ms. Carson said naming opportunities still are available.

For more information about the proposed project, call 903.939.1597.

In national news,…

The Democratic congressional primary race in North Carolina between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner.

Aiken and Crisco each had about forty percent of the vote in Tuesday's primary race in the Second Congressional District.

Aiken's first political campaign drew an unusual amount of celebrity buzz, thanks to his singing career and a second-place finish on "Celebrity Apprentice."

The primary winner will challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Representative Renee Ellmers in November. Ellmers, first elected in the Two Thousand Ten tea party wave, handily defeated her challenger in the heavily Republican district.

Aiken has said reporters are the only people asking whether being a gay man could impede his campaign to represent such a conservative district.

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