Beautification & Landscaping (annual budget >$100,000)
A successful 22-year program that allowed volunteers
to enhance green spaces throughout Oklahoma City was put in jeopardy
this past year when the city's Park's Department suffered a major
budget cutback and reduction in staff. In March, Oklahoma City
Beautiful received a fifty-thousand dollar grant from Oklahoma City
Community Foundation allowing the Adopt-A-Park program to not only
survive, but flourish.
Since March, additional volunteers have been secured,
existing adoptions have been upgraded, educational resources and
seminars have been expanded, and increased public awareness has led
more local businesses to become involved. Now, more than 100 Oklahoma
City parks, medians, flowerbeds and other areas have about 850 loving
volunteers to look after them.
For its ability to turn a lemon into lemonade by enhancing a
cornerstone of its community beautification efforts, and for its skill
in conveying a sense of proud citizen ownership of the city's parks and
medians, OKC Beautiful is good news and a great example for green urban
areas in Oklahoma.
Posted on 05/01/2003
by Sonny Wilkinson filed under