Moore breaking ground on multi-million dollar park year after tornado

MOORE, Okla. – A brand new multi-million park is coming to the heart of Moore, Oklahoma.

Nearly a year after a devastating tornado ripped through town, the city broke ground on the new park.

Back in Nov. 2012, voters approved plans for a “Central Moore Park.”

The $25 million plan includes a community center, aquatic facility, amphitheater, walking trail and even a farmers market.

A special monument will also be built on site which will be funded through private donations.

The $3 million monument will be made of Cor-Ten steel and feature silhouettes of real Oklahomans, some with their pets, representing the community affected by last spring’s storms.

The park will be on 4th St. and Broadway near the center of Moore.

“The project was delayed about a month or so because of the tornado but it really, you see this project and it gives people hope,” Moore Parks and Recreation Director Todd Jenson said. “It’s a positive project and that’s really important for the community right now. So we’re excited about it. We think the community is as well.”

Moore residents say they are looking forward to the park.

Moore resident Jacqui Evans said, “This is a place we get to walk to, ride our bikes on the trail and enjoy the farmers market.”

In the center of the park will be a monument, featuring around 90 silhouettes of real Oklahomans affected by last May’s storms.

It’s hard to imagine just one year ago, The Evans family was cleaning up the very same field, covered in debris and even cars.

Sean Evans, with Serve Moore, said, “We had hundreds, thousands of volunteers in this field behind me that were working to get this cleaned up so we could even get to this point today.”

Now, the city is going for the wow factor, creating this legacy project.

Parks and Recreation Director Todd Jenson said, “Bigger, better, stronger, new. It’s a symbol of the strength of Moore really.”

Oklahoma Strong Run 

To help fund this community project there was the  The Oklahoma Strong Run which took place Saturday, May 17th.

Check out the Oklahoma Strong Run Facebook page or the website.