Claremore Daily Progress

April 26, 2013

GARDEN PARTY: Will Rogers Park project blooms

Salesha Wilken
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE —

The Will Rogers Park project is gaining ground as committee leader Crystal Campbell recently received the first donations for the renovation project.
“What this park can mean for Claremore is not just a place to play, but a place families can go to connect,” Campbell said. “It will help stimulate the economy as people come from out of town to visit the park.”
This week the park will start blooming as the Master Gardener Association of Rogers County starts  planting flowers, she added.
The master gardeners will be creating a teaching garden, the Veterans memorial will be expanded and a deluxe playground will be added, according to Campbell.
Campbell proposed the project to the Claremore City Council a few months ago to create three primary features in the park.
The VFW and park committee will be hosting a dedication ceremony 5 p.m. May 4 in the park.
“We have forgotten the things that make such a huge impact and several Claremore citizens remember the park as children,” Campbell said. “We are trying to return it to the beautiful memories that have been shared with our committee.”
Veterans from the Claremore Veterans Center and a very special guest from the original 1940’s dedication of the park will be in attendance.
“It is a full circle event as we rededicate this park to the community,” Campbell said. “Hopefully, we can bring a great park back to the city. What better way to show people the history of Claremore than by celebrating it thru building this park.”
The new plans will be unveiled at the event and at 6 p.m. the VFW will celebrate their 75th anniversary in Claremore by hosting a dinner and silent auction after the dedication, according to Campbell.
The proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the park project.
The committee is also accepting donations for the park improvements and Campbell is encouraging all citizens to participate.
“I have learned so much about what parks do for a community,” Campbell said.
Every donation, big or small can make an impact and if only a small percentage of the approximately 20,000 residents donate the funds will make a huge impact on the community, she added.
What it can mean for Claremore is not just a place to play, families can go there to connect. It will help stimulate the economy as people come to from out of town to visit the park, she said.
“Everyone can get involved and make a change to the Claremore area,” Campbell said.
Those interested in donating have many options including the purchase of brick pavers, benches, picnic tables and special signage, according to Campbell.
Anyone interested in participating can call (918) 381-4482 or email willrogersparkproject@gmail.com for more information.
“I want people to come to Claremore and this will show people that we love our town. Our city is worth it and our kids are worth it,” Campbell said. “I started off wanting to build a playground, but it has turned out to be so much more, it will be a community builder and an investment in our children.”