The Norman Transcript


June 1, 2014

End of the line for Sooner Mobile Home Park

NORMAN — Saturday marked the end of an era at the Sooner Mobile Home Park. The tree-lined park at Classen Boulevard and Constitution has been part of the community for more than 50 years but is now closed for good.

The park was home to about 80 mobile homes and 50 RVs, many kept for football weekends. Hundreds of students called the park home.

The trailers and RVs are gone and construction equipment is poised to remove any remnants of the park. The site will become a Wal-Mart neighborhood market and apartments, primarily for OU students.

Elaina Hunt has spent much of the spring digging up bulbs, flowers and shrubs to try and keep the park’s memories alive in other locations. She has no connection to the park other than watching it over the years, and recalling the white fence, canopies of tree limbs and lighted sign.

“It always seemed to be saying ‘Welcome to Norman’ when I would drive by,” she wrote. “So many citizens of Norman have a connection to the park.”

For now, Hunt and others will only have the memories.

“Last week a gentleman and I were standing in front of the office quietly. He said ‘7 more days.’ We looked across the land silently for several minutes. Then I walked away to go back to digging...”


Blake Wade is one frustrated man. He’s been trying for years to finish the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and can’t seem to get it done.

“But we’re not dead. We’re very much alive,” Wade told a Norman civic club this week.

Legislators have been oh so close to providing the additional $40 million Wade says he needs to finish the half-completed building at I-40 and I-35. He has matching commitments from donors for the other $40 million but the state has to put some more skin in the game.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Norman Forward builds momentum

    The quiet campaign to build momentum for a citywide public works project is beginning to attract some attention....

    July 20, 2014

  • Tax those trees out of here

    I read your editorial “Pesky red cedars” in the Norman Transcript of Tuesday, July 15, 2014. I have attended two meetings where the problem of the eastern red cedar trees was discussed. Because of the drought conditions in Oklahoma, we ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Make gun safety a health issue

    Quick, are you more likely to die by a bullet or in a car crash? Common sense would seem to suggest the latter. Cars are everywhere. We are an auto-obsessed nation. To be American is to drive — everywhere. Teenagers itch to get behind the ...

    July 20, 2014

  • They just want to be free ... maybe

    Massoud Barzani, president of Iraq’s semiautonomous Kurdistan region, rattled many cages this month when he announced in parliament that the KRG would be moving ahead soon on a referendum on independence from Iraq. If Kurdistan goes ahead ...

    July 20, 2014

  • Congress must accelerate solutions

    Congress has roused itself, at the last minute, and now is scrambling to save the Highway Trust Fund. Better late than never. Better still will be if lawmakers agree to come up with the money to prevent the fund from becoming insolvent. ...

    July 20, 2014

  • The heavy burden of college aid

    Return on investment is a clear measure of what you get for your money. Incredibly, the federal government doesn’t apply that simple concept to the $137 billion a year it spends on college financial aid....

    July 19, 2014

  • James bears weight of Cav’s dreams

    LeBron James has done it all on a basketball court. He’s a great scorer, rugged defender, proven big-play leader and champion. But that might not be enough in Cleveland, where he’ll also need the powers of Merlin the Magician....

    July 17, 2014

  • Steve Boaz.jpg Breathing Rhythm Studio a center for creativity

    Recording engineer Steve Boaz has brought his musical ambitions to fulfillment in a downtown Norman studio.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Matt Lauer is so last century

    How about we rename “The Today Show” the “Yesterday Show” since host Matt Lauer asks questions from 1953? Isn’t what Lauer asked GM CEO Mary Barra about whether she’ll do “well” at being simultaneously an executive and a mom about, oh, 30 ...

    July 14, 2014

  • Religion’s role shrinking

    Surveying the response to last month’s Hobby Lobby decision, I was struck by a comment from progressive Massachusetts senator and possible Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren....

    July 12, 2014