Broken Arrow City Council approves $2 million for Festival Events Park
BY ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
12/05/12 at 6:07 AM
BROKEN ARROW - The city's events park will get a road and other infrastructure as part of $2 million in work approved Tuesday by the City Council.
The second phase of construction for the 85-acre Festival Events Park at 101st Street and the Creek Turnpike will include a 40-space parking lot, a second entrance, waterlines, grading and a road extending 6,350 feet, according to a document provided to the council.
The park's first phase included a parking lot and similar infrastructure. A kite-flying festival held on fields near the parking lot served as the park's opening in September.
More large events will be possible after the second phase's expected completion in June 2013, city spokeswoman Stephanie Higgins said. Officials have said they will seek events suited to expansive grassy areas, such as music festivals and Civil War reenactments. "This park will not only bring in local events but national events as well, which gives us an opportunity to showcase the entire city of Broken Arrow," she said.
The park had been a city goal for years and was requested by residents in a survey, she said. It was approved in a 2011 bond issue that funded the bulk of the first two phases.
Phase two is also funded by a 2004 bond issue and a $400,000 donation by D.C. Anderson, who owned land used for the park.
Much of the work will be at the east end of the park, where the secondary entrance and the parking lot are planned. Water connections are also included. The City Council awarded the construction contract to Lowry & Hemphill Construction Co., Inc.
The park's master plan includes a multipurpose events pavilion, a neighborhood park and playground near 215th East Avenue, multipurpose trails, an amphitheater and a gazebo.
An existing pond and creek on the property was incorporated into the design, with plans calling for trails surrounding the pond, a pedestrian bridge and a fishing pier.
In other business, the council approved $118,707 in storm sewer improvements at the Oak Creek South and East Houston Industrial Park; use of a former Kmart at 101st Street and Elm Place for ministorage; and an interlocal agreement to allow the town of Porter to send inmates to the Broken Arrow Jail.
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