Perhaps one of the best things about this little town of ours, is everyone’s ability to look ahead. Years ago, if you would’ve told folks here that this would be one of Oklahoma’s fastest growing towns, they wouldn’t have believed you.
Because even then, they knew just how great Piedmont was. Of course people would start moving here. There are amazing schools, quiet pastures, great sunsets, and salt-of-the earth people. Of course.
Folks were so concerned about the future of this town in 2008, a survey was sent out to all residents asking what type of developments were needed. The number one answer was a park.
But, parks are expensive. So, the idea sat for a few years until a group of citizens organized a committee in 2013 to tackle the issue.
Piedmont had done this kind of thing before. Our jewel of a library was developed and built on the same grass-roots grit. We already had a testament to the power of citizens getting something done.
The same development began happening with the park, and soon the Piedmont Park Project was born. This park would be different than other town parks. The Park Project would be community led and community built.
In order to capture the spirit of the town’s children, the committee called in playground experts, Leather and Associates. The group then went to each grade at Piedmont Schools, had breakout sessions, and drew and discussed what the kids wanted. From that they developed a custom designed playground, incorporating the kid’s ideas, as well as town history.
The big playground plans were revealed in August of 2014 at a town event. Soon after, discussion of a splash pad developed. Committee members realized people wanted the splash pad built first. So, plans were made for that as well.
The Piedmont Park Project continued to move forward as a combination, splash pad and playground. The estimated total cost for the project is $600,000, which includes a parking lot and bathroom facilities.
In order to really start contracting with the splash pad company, the project needs to have $250,000 raised. As of October 2015, they are close, with $218,000, so far.
So what does the Park Project need moving forward? They need support and more grass-roots fundraising ideas. A grant application has been submitted on behalf of the project, which if awarded, will add $50,000 to the total raised. Even with this though, there is a need for possible corporate donors, which committee members are hopeful will get involved.
Of course, more fundraising events are planned. You can find more information on the A Walk in the Park Homecoming event on the Piedmont Park Project Facebook page.
The Park Project is so much more than an idea for our town. It means Piedmont residents won’t have to drive to OKC or other towns in order to find outdoor recreation. It means our kids will have an important part on the development of our town. And it means, once again, a community can mobilize and make a dream a reality.
To find out how you can help go to www.piedmontparkproject.com.
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