Proposed park to be named after local hero
The Chowchilla City Council has decided to create a park in memory of school bus driver Ed Ray, who died in May at 91, and is often referred to as the hero of the Chowchilla school bus kidnapping.
The council voted unanimously at its Tuesday meeting to approve a recommendation from the Chowchilla Parks and Recreation Commission to name a proposed, grant-funded park in Ray’s memory.
Ray was the life-long Chowchilla resident who helped save the lives of 26 school children in the 1976 school bus kidnapping ordeal.
The park, unofficially known as Legacy Park prior to the decision, is to be built on 6.8 acres on the southeast side of the city, near Chowchilla Union High School, with a grant from the state’s Natural Resources Agency...