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 Department. 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. Edmond Economic Development Authority Thanks to our March 2020 Featured Business! Edmond Music Established: 1974 Number of Employees: 48 Product/Service: Pianos, Guitars, Band & Orchestra Instruments, Sheet Music & Music Lessons Website: Edmond Music and other Edmond businesses will be featured in the EEDA’s newsletter, The Arrow. To view past issues of The Arrow, visit 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 other events. 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 7