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Moore

July 8, 2008

Fish find new home in Moore's Little River Park

Sure, you can go for a walk at Moore's Little River Park -- you also can take the kids and let them play on the playground equipment.

Or sit in the sun.

Or toss a Frisbee.

Or have a picnic.

But, as the guy on television says, "wait, there's more."

And in Moore, that means fishing.

This summer officials from the City of Moore and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife joined forces to develop two small fishing ponds at the park. And, once the ponds are open, area anglers can test their luck on catfish, sunfish and bass.

Chris Villani, parks and sports coordinator for the City of Moore, said the ponds and fish are part of the stae wildlife's department's Close to Home program.

"With this program, wildlife officals will come by and stock the ponds with fish and then have a game warden keep an eye on the ponds and monitor the fishing," he said.

Villani said the first phase of the project was recently complete when officials from the wildlife department stocked "about 100 catfish" into the two ponds. "They put about 50 fish in each pond," he said.

The ponds, Vallani said -- the only two fishing ponds in the city limits -- were build to provide a recreation outlet for people.

"This gives people another form of recreation outside of youth sports," he said, "it provides another opportunity for people to take up, play and be a part of this community."

The ponds -- and their new occupants -- are the latest in a series of improvements at the park; Vallani said city employees have installed new playground equipment and a walking trail over the past year.

"We had an older playground on the south side of the park," he said. "And we just installed a new, bigger playground a couple of weeks ago. We've put in new equipment, the fishing ponds and the walking track, we're just trying to keep it updated. It's a nice neighborhood park and its popular with people in the area."

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