MOORE, Okla. — -It’s a big in Moore, the Veterans Memorial Park won the Coca-Cola “America’s Favorite Park,” award.
The price is $100,000. The park was severely damaged by the May 20th tornado.
On Friday, a crowd of people many in high spirits and holding American flags, gathered at the Veterans Memorial Park to witness a moment in time.
“It is an honor and a privilege to present Veterans Park in the city of Moore as the winner of Americas Best Park 2013, congratulations,” said Mark Rahiya, Chief Region Sales Officer, Coca-Cola Refreshments.
“It’s very emotional,” said Chris Rogers.
Chris Rogers, a resident in Moore, said this grant is a huge sign of hope and recovery.
Rogers recalled the day the tornado hit, his son was at Highland East Jr. High moments before.
“I was actually out here on the street trying to get back to the school and watched the tornado come through here and bounce out of the way and tried to stay away from it as it came through the park,” said Rogers.
The $100,000 will help restore the park including building a new playground where families can make more memories.
“Our little 17 acre park beat the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, thousands of other parks,” said Todd Jenson, City of Moore Parks and Recreation Director.
There were 12,000 parks in the contest.
Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said there’s even more in store for the park.
“We just approved a lot of money in city council to match these funds, actually, to more than match it, to rebuild this into a first class park, so everyone in the country can come and see it,” Lewis says.
Which is something Rogers is looking forward to.
“My family, we don’t live far from here, we spend a lot of time down here in the park,” said Rogers.
A lot of progress has already been made at the park, the debris has been picked up and statues have been restored.
With it being Veterans Day weekend, people can still spend time there to remember and honor our veterans.