MIDWEST CITY -- The Midwest City Council on Sept. 25, approved the acceptance of an Oklahoma City Community Foundation Margaret Annis Boys Trust Grant in the amount of $15,000 to provide plant materials in the implementation of Phase 1 of a residential median improvement project located in the original square mile.
In addition, the Council approved the authorization of a $5,000 local match, which was a condition of the foundation grant.
The original square mile neighborhood contains fifteen (15) grassy medians of which five (5) have been selected to construct rain garden demonstration projects and pocket parks, according to Terri Craft, grants manager for Midwest City. It is these five medians that represent Phase 1.
“A rain garden component, utilizing storm water drainage will reduce runoff pollutants while providing a landscaped area that is easy to maintain and requires little watering,” said Craft.
The larger medians can become pocket parks, which may include trees, grasses and benches within walking distance of neighborhood residents.
This Phase 1 project is part of a much larger, comprehensive plan for the revitalization of the city’s original mile. The comprehensive plan calls for additional streetscape, gateway signage, curbing, street resurfacing, parks, home refurbishing and much more.
The complete plan can be located on www.midwestcityok.org. Craft noted that additional funds will be necessary to complete the entire Phase 1 project, estimated to be around $49,000.
She added that city street and parks crews may be used to assist with the construction of the median parks if additional funding efforts are unsuccessful.
The project is scheduled to begin in spring 2013.
The Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the metropolitan area’s non-profit public charity, was founded in 1969 to work with individuals to meet the charitable needs of the community through the development and administration of permanent endowment funds for non-profit organizations, scholarships and other charities.
Through its Community Program Grants, the Oklahoma Community Foundation funds, initiates and leads programs that benefit the community in the area of arts, education, health and human services, beautification and community development.