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John Griggs Park

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The northernmost park in the City of White Settlement is John Griggs Park. This is the second oldest park in White Settlement and was once known as North Park. It was renamed in honor of John Griggs by a unanimous vote of the City Council in November of 1986 to honor him for his 24 years of service as the Fire Chief of the White Settlement Volunteer Fire Department. At the November 1986 meeting, Council considered renaming Saddle Hills Park in honor of Griggs but ultimately decided to rename North Park. At the meeting, Griggs was referred to as a remarkable leader.

Griggs joined the White Settlement Volunteer Fire Department in 1954 and was named Fire Chief in 1956. He served as the chief until 1980. He also served in the leadership of the Tarrant County Fire Fighters Association. In addition to being honored with a park in his name, there is a plaque at the base of the flagpole at the current Fire Station in remembrance of Griggs and all he did for the community.

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Hand Painted Map in the Fire Station

fire mapHanging in the White Settlement Fire Station on Hanon Drive is a massive hand-painted map of the City of White Settlement. This map was created in 1992 by volunteer fire fighters. They used an overhead projector to project the image of a map onto the large wooden canvas, then traced it by hand. If you zoom in close enough you can see that each individual street is labeled. The handwriting on each of those streets? That of current White Settlement Fire Chief Brian Thompson, who at the time was one of the volunteers helping to create the map.