MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

Opinion

November 23, 2013

Playground a boon to park

It’s great news that Muskogee’s parks just keep getting better.

The latest project — new playground equipment at Honor Heights Park — is meant to be a “destination playground” for a “destination park.”

The plans look ambitious and remarkable. The $336,000 project will include a nature-themed playground and other amenities. The funding will come from grants from the playground’s vendor, GameTime, and the City of Muskogee Foundation.

Parks Superintendent Mark Wilkerson said the playground equipment should be installed by spring.

Muskogee is lucky to have such a great parks system, and even luckier that the city supports it.

Parks are key to not only our well-being, but tourism — especially Honor Heights.

According to visitor tracking information provided by the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce, park attendance continues to grow with an estimated 258,000 people visiting so far this year, up from 160,000 in 2012 and 131,000 in 2011.

The new equipment should lift those numbers even higher.

1
Text Only
Opinion
AP Video
Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites Anti-violence Advocate Killed, but Not Silenced. Dempsey: Putin May Light Fire and Lose Control Arizona Prison Chief: Execution Wasn't Botched Calif. Police Investigate Peacock Shooting Death Raw: Protesters, Soldiers Clash in West Bank Police: Doctor Who Shot Gunman 'Saved Lives' 'Modern Family' Star on Gay Athletes Coming Out MN Twins Debut Beer Vending Machine DA: Pa. Doctor Fired Back at Hospital Gunman Raw: Iowa Police Dash Cam Shows Wild Chase Obama Seeks Limits on US Company Mergers Abroad Large Family to Share NJ Lottery Winnings U.S. Flights to Israel Resume After Ban Lifted Official: Air Algerie Flight 'probably Crashed' TSA Administrator on Politics and Flight Bans Raw: National Guard Helps Battle WA Wildfires
Poll

Should a federal judge have the power to strike down Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage?

Yes
No
     View Results
Featured Ads
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Stocks