Generous donation helps Moore rebuild park destroyed in last May’s tornado

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MOORE, Okla. - A generous donation from an Oklahoma City company is helping Moore rebuild a park that was destroyed in last May's tornado.

Little River Park in Moore was hit hard by last spring’s tornado.

To help the city with rebuilding efforts, Devon Energy donated $200,000.

One Moore resident is looking forward to the new park.

Roxanne Rudy and her family lost their home last spring to the Moore tornado.

Rudy said, "People thought I was nuts to go back on this lot."

Nearly a year later, they're back, living in a newly built home in the same spot, with Little River Park in their backyard.

3,600 trees were taken by the storm and now the park is an eye sore to Rudy.

Rudy said, "It looks sad to me because before you had all the trees, it was just lush, pretty."

Reconstruction of the park is underway, but with the help of Devon Energy, the park will stand out.

Executive Vice President of Devon Energy, Alan Marcum, said "This will be a place of gathering, whether it's in one of the pavilions or anywhere else, but this will be a gathering where people can share their stories, share their moments of healing."

Representative Tom Cole applauds Devon's actions.

Cole said, "It always ends with people helping people, Devon stepping forward, helping us here, is an enormous thing. Us helping our friends and neighbors."


Some residents in the neighborhood say the new park will help bring them closure.

Rudy said, "Just to feel like it's back. That you beat the tornado because it's back to normal and you're back in your home and your community again."

The Little River Park project is part of Devon’s $2.5 Million commitment to help the community continue to recover.

Residents can look forward to a pirate themed playground and a fun splash pad.

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