Location chosen for Hagman tribute following previous rejection

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About six months after the death of the actor, the Weatherford City Council approved a location for a statue honoring Larry Hagman of Weatherford.

The decision at their May 28 meeting approved placing the statue on the grounds of Heritage Park after earlier considering and rejecting the idea of placing it in front of City Hall.

“This is going to be wonderful,” said Sherry Watters, owner of Something Special Boutique and a friend of Hagman.

Watters said the Hagman statue will likely bring more tourists to Weatherford to see the statue of the star from the Dallas television show.

“People can see our heritage in that park,” Watters said.

Watters said a website is already being set up for honoring Hagman in this way and support for the statue has been gained from Warner Bros. and Turner Broadcasting, but they needed the council’s vote so they can advertise the statue and move forward with planning.

“This is going to be really good because he did so much work overseas as well as here in the states,” Watters said of the website, which is being set up with help from someone that had worked with Hagman.

City Administrator Jerry Blaisdell presented the new location and said city staff is also working with an architect on designs for the entire park which the statue will be a part of.

Blaisdell said the goal is to have not just a statue of the actor, but to open it up as a place to recognize other famous or influential people from Weatherford as well, such as Mary Martin and others.

Blaisdell said the park “will honor not only Larry Hagman but set aside a place that will honor any number of individuals who may be chosen for recognition sometime in the future.”

“We are certainly willing to honor Hagman and others,” said Councilman Waymon Hamilton.

But Hamilton said it is important that they first have a policy in place to be used when residents request statues of others from Weatherford.

“There are a lot of worthy citizens out there,” Hamilton said.

The statue’s placement in Heritage Park was approved unanimously as long as that policy is established. The exact placement of the statue will be later determined but may be near the amphitheater.

The website for the statue will be LarryHagmanatHeritagePark.org.

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