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2008 - Local Government Program - Muskogee Parks and Recreation

While parts of the state were hit last December with a devastating ice storm, the people of Muskogee had faced an ice storm 11 months earlier in January.  Among the damaged areas was the heavily-traveled North Main Street corridor which featured 100 Bradford pear trees. Instead of just replanting the boulevard, the Parks and Recreation staff decided to give it a full makeover.  Bountiful beds with trees and shrubs were created, and now there are more than 280 individual plants that display beauty and color nine months a year. Our judges noted the judicious use of volunteers, the diverse project partners, and how it turned ice storm damage into a lasting plus with gorgeous results.  We’re happy to plant this year’s Environmental Excellence Award for Local Government with the Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department!


Accepting for Muskogee Parks & Recreation (L to R): Phil Sapienza, Rick Ewing, Carri Abner