Weatherford College, the city of Weatherford and others welcomed the new roundabout at College Park and Martin drives on Tuesday afternoon.
Included in the ribbon-cutting ceremony was the unveiling of the bronze coyote statues that are in the center of the roundabout. This project, which is supposed to serve as a gateway to Weatherford College, was started last year as Weatherford City Council and WC board of trustees approved the project.
The roundabout is supposed to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety, Weatherford Director of Transportation and Public Works Manny Palacios said in a previous interview.
WC President Tod Allen Farmer thanked the roundabout’s several collaborators. Before the unveiling, Farmer listed five reasons to admire coyotes, such as their speed, agileness, adaptivity and problem-solving habits.
“The unveiling of these coyotes opens up a new chapter in the distinguished story of Weatherford College,” Farmer said. “We’re building on the success and traditions of the past and soaring to new heights, excellence in academics, in agriculture, in the arts and in athletics. We’re adding new sports, growing the arts, adding a new bachelor’s degree in nursing and enhancing student success. The black and gold is back.”
Weatherford Mayor Paul Paschall said the city is thankful for its partnership with WC, which he promised would continue as the college grows.
“I call Weatherford College the diamond on the hill because, in our community, Weatherford College is a diamond,” Paschall said. “To have an institution of higher education in a city like Weatherford is something that hundreds of communities wish they had, and we have it right here in Weatherford, Texas. They have athletics, they have arts, they have academics, they have technical programs. It’s a first-class facility.”
Jerry and Vickie Durant donated the funds for the two bronze coyotes, designed by Kelly Graham, that are now sitting in the middle of the roundabout.
“I think the students now and the students to come will look at this roundabout with a lot of pride and be thankful that they do go to Weatherford and Weatherford is here,” Jerry Durant said.