The Rodeo Arena Cooperative invites the public to join in a community celebration as we “Light Up Stampede Park”, Sep. 29 starting at 6:30pm.
“The arena and the park have needed new lights for a while, and now we have them”, said David Petty treasurer of the Will Rogers Round Up Club and Vice-Chair of the Arena Coop. “It is great to see the project complete. The park was gifted to the Will Rogers Round Up Club in 1967 and over time equipment and infrastructure have become worn. Stampede Park is a great asset to the city and the county and has a bright future, it just needed attention.”
The Rodeo Arena Cooperative (Arena Coop) is an Interlocal agreement between the City of Claremore and the Board of County Commissioners of Rogers County. The board of directors of the Arena Coop is the governing body and consists of two members from the City, two from the County and one representative of the Will Rogers Round Up Club. “For years neither the city or county could assist the park or the park owners, Will Rogers Round Up Club,” said Dan Delozier, County Commissioner District 1. “Not even a light bulb could be changed because it was private property. When the Arena Coop was formed the property was donated by the Will Rogers Round Up Club and improvements started right away.”
One major project has just been completed at the park; 10 new LED lights and new poles have been installed. This project was a partnership between the Arena Coop and Frank C. and Ludmilla Robson. “The citizens of Claremore and the Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo have a long and successful partnership that has resulted in an award winning tradition for our community,” said John Feary, Acting City Manager. We are now enhancing that experience with substantial upgrades to the facility through partnerships and benefactors such as the recently installed new lighting system. Frank & Ludmilla Robson have given to this community for decades and they continue to demonstrate their commitment to making Claremore the best city in Oklahoma. On behalf of the City Council, citizens of Claremore, and rodeo enthusiasts across the country we say thank you Mr. & Mrs. Robson for your philanthropy and for making Stampede Park a "beacon of light" on the rodeo circuit.”
“Folks don’t have to be rodeo fans to enjoy Stampede Park,” said Louie Gardner, Chairman of the Arena Coop. “Our vision for the park’s future is to host new events and continue with improvements year after year. We are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Robson for their generous donation, as well as other private partners and businesses who have been a part of the parks’ revitalization. We are looking forward to celebrating this wonderful gift with the community on September 29th, and to show our appreciation to all the folks who helped make this happen.”
RSVP’s are not necessary and anyone is welcome to join us at 6:30pm for light refreshments and cocktails. Presentations will start around 7pm and we will “flip the switch” shortly afterwards. For more information, please call Visit Claremore at 918-341-8688.