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Oklahoma City neighborhood finishes second in national contest

The Riverpark Neighborhood Association in southwest Oklahoma City was a finalist for the 2011 Neighborhood of the Year Award from Neighborhoods, USA. The winner was announced May 27.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL ccoppernoll@opubco.com Published: June 1, 2011
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A southwest Oklahoma City neighborhood has been named one of the top neighborhoods in the country.

The Riverpark Neighborhood Association was named the runner-up for the 2011 Neighborhood of the Year Award in the Physical Revitalization Beautification category from Neighborhoods, USA, a national nonprofit group. The winner was announced Friday at the national conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

Riverpark is the first Oklahoma neighborhood that has been named a finalist for the award, said Georgie Rasco, executive director of Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma.

Riverpark volunteers were honored for the dramatic turnaround of their neighborhood. The neighborhood association cleaned up graffiti, renovated the community park and helped neighbors in need repair more than 100 homes. Crime dropped and a children's soccer league has formed, Riverpark Neighborhood Association President Jeanna Daniel said.

“You would never know the changes that have happened there,” Daniel, 52, said. “Nothing happens overnight. It's been a lot of work. We've been successful because of that.”

Riverpark was developed in the 1940s and runs from SW 24 to SW 29 and from Portland to Tulsa avenues. The average home in Riverpark sells for about $37,000, Rasco said.