The Norman Transcript


May 14, 2014

Devon Energy’s $200K gift helps city rebuild

MOORE — After suffering through five tornadoes and bouncing back, Moore has proved itself to be resilient.

On Tuesday morning, that tenacity was proven again as the city of Moore unveiled plans to rebuild one of the town’s oldest parks after it was hit by the May 20 tornado.

Gathering at a pavilion at Tom Strouhal — Little River Park, 700 SW 4th St., Moore Parks and Recreation officials announced Devon Energy’s $200,000 gift in helping the city rebuild the park that took a direct hit during the May 20 EF-5 tornado.

The tornado destroyed more than 3,600 trees, the playground, a walking trail, the trail lights, a disc golf park, park benches and the parking lot.

“During the past year, several groups and thousands of volunteers have come to the park to clean it up and remove debris. In addition, the park staff and several park board members selected a playground design to be submitted to the city council. This summer, over to our side, we will be building a new, pirate-themed playground,” said Janie Milum, Moore Parks board member.

Charles D. Payne, Moore Parks board chairman, said four pavilions also will be added to the park.

“On the south end of the park, we are going to have another playground with a splash pad,” Payne said. “I’d like to give a very heartfelt thank you to Devon for making this donation. It’s going to make this possible.

“It’s very difficult sometimes to fund these projects and keep them going, and when a corporate citizen steps up to the plate and hits the ball out of the park like they have done, we have to say thank you and say we really appreciate this support.”

The park, which serves Moore’s Plaza Towers neighborhood, is important to the community, as pointed out by Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis.

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