Phoenix continues to lurch along in a search for a new KIDDIELAND for ENCANTO PARK, but some of the statistics spewing from the Parks Department are hard to believe. According to the department, Kiddieland drew 750,000 visitors in 1985--that's an average of 2,000 a day--and the last operator of the quaint little amusement park, which closed in '86, supposedly grossed $1.35 million in his three-year contract. The city's seeking bidders to run the new Kiddieland, which will cost $3 million in bond money and will offer fewer than half the rides of the old Kiddieland. The new Kiddieland also will feature the old park's carousel, but that's no thanks to the city. A group of irate citizens managed to save the carousel from Parks Department bulldozers. The Encanto bandshell was not so lucky, and parks official JIM BURKE says no new bandshell will be built. Progress is our most important product. . . .
One of the many decisions that awaits ROSE MOFFORD is the appointment of a new member to the ARIZONA GAME AND FISH COMMISSION. Tree-huggers are lobbying the governor hard for a "non-consumptive" person. Translation? Somebody who doesn't hunt. The SIERRA CLUB's novel idea--novel for Arizona--calls for Mofford to appoint someone from among the state's birdwatchers, animal watchers, hikers and photographers. Is it too much to ask to have at least one commission member who isn't supported by the hunting lobby? Mofford mouth VADA MANAGER says "no final decision" has been made. Asked about the tree-huggers' desires, he replies, "She regards that as important and takes that under consideration." Note to leaf-lickers: Don't hold your breath.