Park gets fresh facelift
Several months ago, residents and community leaders banded together to get something done to improve the D.P. Lilly Park, located on the corner of Ohio and Randolph Street. At the time, this park lacked amenities many other city parks had - no benches, no swings, no water fountains or wading pool. The facility did have a semblance of a basketball court, but those either had no rim or netting whatsover. Citizens met with the mayor and city council members to take a look at what could be done to improve the park. During a walking tour, they were able to see first hand the decay that has come about from wear and tear and lack of upkeep. Those touring the space noticed the holes in the chain link fence, bent light poles, no trash cans, and a barely legible sign that identified the park.
Well, thanks Okmulgee City Manager Roger Ballenger, the Okmulgee City Council and Public Works, the area has a new look which area residents can be proud of.
The old bent poles have been removed. The four basketball goals now have repainted poles, backboard and sports new metal nets.
The ‘cage’ look is long gone - now only a half fence facing Randolph Street is left to keep errant balls from rolling into traffic.
A welcome addition were several new covered trash-containers, and benches on both the east and west side of the courts for spectators.
Public works staff also added a concrete pad at the edge of the park which now holds a picnic table adjacent to another trash receptacle.
The D.P. Lilly Park sign now has a new coat of paint with white lettering.
One of the citizens who approached the city about the upgrades, Vicky Jones, was amazed by the work and how much better the area looks.
On a recent warm afternoon, about 20 young adults were taking full advantage of the courts.
Other improvements, including a possible resurfacing of the court is yet in the future. For now, the work and and care provided by the city to help spruce up the area is greatly appreciated.