The Norman Transcript

Opinion

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...”

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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.

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