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2000 - Community Effort Awards - City of Ardmore, Field of Dreams

Long after Ardmore’s Walker Stadium was built, the people were still coming, but the stadium was badly in need of repairs. It was being considered for condemnation, but there was no other athletic facility in town. Two Ardmore men, attorney Glen Burns and restaurant owner Phil Tabor, dreamed of a way to rebuild the stadium, and they pursued their dream with unbridled enthusiasm. They gathered the financial support of 1000 local contributors who gave an astounding 4.85 million private dollars to the rebuilding project. They rallied the help of countless volunteers who helped install the beautiful landscaping outside the stadium.

Today, the landscaping is diligently and lovingly maintained by volunteers. You will often find Glen Burns himself, carefully mowing and pruning the green spaces around the athletic field. And the Ardmore Tigers have a beautiful, comfortable, and exciting place to play and watch football. Ardmore’s Field of Dreams became a reality through the dreams of a few and the hard work of many... AND THAT COMMUNITY EFFORT IS GREAT NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S ENVIRONMENT!