The Luther Parks Commission has been chosen as one of 55 community structures across Oklahoma to participate in Fresh Paint Days. It is a Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) program designed to encourage volunteers to seek out community structures and renovate them with the creative use of resources.
Fresh Paint Days is a program founded on the collaboration between H-I-S Paint and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. KOB, with the help of sponsors, provides the paint and a stipend for supplies; selected communities supply the volunteers and elbow grease. This program has helped to revitalize communities across Oklahoma with a fresh coat of paint.
“The structure that we are interested in painting is our Town Hall in downtown Luther, also adjacent to our town hall building, the building north has a wall that needs fresh paint,” said Kasey Wood, Luther Parks Commission.
H-I-S Paint and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful started the Fresh Paint Days program in 2005.
“HIS Paint is thrilled with the transformations that are being made within each of the communities participating in the Fresh Paint Days in Oklahoma initiative. It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint can help to transform an entire community,” said Joe Cox, founder and CEO of H-I-S Paint.
Amelia Schoenhals, KOB project coordinator, works with potential participants throughout the application process.
“I am honored to be able to assist communities in renewing their pride for the town they have built a life in,” Schoenhals said, “The participants of Fresh Paint Days truly exemplify how Oklahomans can make a change by working together, asking for help and applying a vision for the future of their community.”
When the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) began to support the program, KOB was able to offer participating groups a cash stipend to purchase supplies and make the program entirely cost-effective for participating groups.
“Public Service Company of Oklahoma is pleased to continue its support of Fresh Paint Days, and of the individuals and organizations who work hard to make their communities great places to live and work,” said James A. Evers, with State Governmental & Environmental Affairs for PSO.
CL Boyd, an Oklahoma equipment company, is providing three pressure washers to the recipients of their equipment grant.
The group will have 30 days to complete their projects using donated paint from H.I.S Paint of Oklahoma City and a stipend from Public Service Company of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
Luther Parks Commission will be one of 43 groups competing for the “Best Visual Impact Award” through an online contest called Communities Primed for Change. Winners will be announced at the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful 28th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration on November 30, 2018.