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October 26, 2013

OU presents tourism study

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GUTHRIE —

The OU students also gave council members ideas on how to improve the downtown area to make it more attractive for visitors.

Portia Owens told council members one option for improvements would be the addition of a parklet.

A parklet is a small space serving as an extension of the sidewalk to provide amenities and green space for people using the street. It is typically the size of several parking spaces. Parklets typically extend out from the sidewalk at the level of the sidewalk to the width of the adjacent parking space, though some have been built at the level of the street with access from the sidewalk.

Parklets are intended for people. Parklets offer a place to stop, to sit and to rest while taking in the activities of the street. In instances where a parklet is not intended to accommodate people, it may provide greenery, art or some other visual amenity. A parklet may accommodate bicycle parking within it, or bicycle parking may be associated with it.

The students suggested that a parklet could be placed in locations such as in front of the Pollard Theater as a way to promote the theater’s upcoming productions and as a social gathering point for different events around town.

“A parklet in Guthrie would really help create an entertainment district downtown,” Owens said. “We thought it could really foster a sense of community with the people to put together a project that is really unique.”

Council members also were given a proposal to create an outdoor and covered venue in the Harrison Square area on Harrison Avenue between First and Second streets.

The venue could include a farmer’s market, outdoor stage for concerts and a park area. The venue’s roof would be covered with solar panels to create power for the site.

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