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1999 - Oustanding Achievement Award - Town of Hooker

THE TOWN OF HOOKER

The Hooker Main Street Program had a vision and with the help and cooperation of Hooker citizen volunteers, civic organizations and businesses, that vision has begun to transform downtown. Eight blocks of Glaydas Avenue, the town's main artery, and some adjoining streets are being revitalized with paved sidewalks, concrete benches, trees, period lights, planting circles, and ramps and railings. The project has created a vibrant, multi-use, pedestrian-friendly environment in a traditional commercial district and is increasing Hooker's economic vitality while saving historic buildings that make up the character and heritage of a community.

The town boasts that nearly 15% of its population has been involved in the fund-raisers making the improvements possible. There have been no major corporate sponsors to help with the enormous costs. Grant funds have been involved but primarily this has become possible because of whole-hearted community wide belief in the project and the willingness of Hooker citizens to give their time, talent and resources. One brick at a time, they are changing the landscape and the outlook for this small but proud town in the Oklahoma panhandle. HOOKER CITIZENS AND ITS MAIN STREET PROGRAM HAVE SOME TRULY GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA'S ENVIRONMENT!