Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma March 2020 - Page 7
“We’re trying to do something
pretty special with the new
playground equipment. We’re
looking for something really
creative with a real ‘wow’ factor to
bring people to Stephenson Park.”
— Craig Dishman, director of
the Edmond Parks and Recreation
Modernizing Stephenson Park has been on the City of
Edmond radar for the past few years. The famous rocketship
play toy will be retired as a toy but continued to be used as
an iconic art piece.
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The drainage area that runs through the park will be cleaned
up and landscaping and river rocks will be added to make it look
more like a creek. Some aspects of the park will remain — its
enormous trees will be saved as will most of the wooden bridges,
which were projects of the WPA.
“We’re trying to keep as many of the historical parts of the
park as we can,” Dishman said.
The driveway in front of the museum will be replaced with
wider sidewalks and an updated entryway which likely will
include the park’s existing “Peace” statue, a memorial art piece
from the Veteran’s Memorial. Behind the museum, a plaza-type
area will welcome groups to use the space for performances and
The park will likely be completely closed during the
renovations, but when it is completed, Edmond residents will
enjoy a modern downtown park in fitting with the renaissance of
the surrounding areas.
March 2020 | The Business Times