The Norman Transcript


October 21, 2013

Shady infrastructure makes city parks user-friendly



Not every project has funding yet, however. Hopes for turning some of the damaged tree trunks at Andrews Park into public art has not come to fruition because of a lack of funds. The city wants to have a chainsaw sculptor turn those trees into statues.

The trees were damaged in the 2012 tornado. Briggs said the city has been safeguarding those tree trunks and keeping them intact until the project is funded.

In recent years, the city’s parks and trees have been assailed by ice storms as well as tornadoes, but Norman remains a designated Tree City U.S.A. because of the various programs protecting and promoting trees.

“We’re in our 11th year as a tree city,” said Briggs.

· Annual Tree Photo Contest: Norman’s love for trees is also apparent in the annual Norman Park Foundation Tree Photo contest. The contest will award $3,000 in prizes this year. The foundation is seeking artistic, extraordinary and unique photographs of trees. Photographs framed per the specifications outlined on the application available for downloading at will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Legend’s Times Two, 1333 W. Lindsey.

While trees are vital to the beauty of many parks, they no longer have to be the sole source of shade.

“Park school 101 is to combine man-made with natural elements,” Briggs said. “Especially where there are no trees available, it’s good to be able to produce shade where it’s needed without waiting for a tree to grow in.”

The city’s newest completed park, Monroe, has a shade structure over play equipment as does Frances Cate Park. With summer temperatures hitting triple digits at times, these shade structures increase the hours of play on park equipment and help protect equipment from the elements.

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