A spray pad, basketball court, soccer field, swimming pool, play equipment, and a walking trail. Those are just a few of the dreams for Luther’s Wild Horse Park submitted by residents who came to a special interactive planning workshop for the town park that’s east of town. The workshop was part of a joint project with the Luther Parks Commission and the University of Oklahoma Institute for Quality Communities. Community input is part of the process to transform the park into a community space.
In addition to activities, trails and green space, there were also several suggestions for a community garden. There was even one idea to build a YMCA, located in Luther, that could serve all of Eastern Oklahoma County and even neighbors in LIncoln County including Wellston and Warwick. All ideas are on the table as the group moves forward with a plan, and then seeks to fund the improvements. No doubt we will be looking for fund-raising, grant opportunities and other resources to put into the park at Wildhorse, and also the Booker T Washington Park on the west side of town.
Children and adults of all ages stopped into the event tonight and filled out worksheets for their dreams for the park, and made picture collages representing their ideas in very creative ways.
The Luther Parks Commission, founded in 2017, has worked diligently on a variety of projects and events, always with an focus on improving the parks, sponsoring clean up days around town, organizing the 2018 Free Wheel stop that earned recognition for the town, and several other fun events like trunk or treating and Christmas events.
The Parks’ next events are Pumpkin Passport Halloween Trunk or Treat in Luther on October 31, and on December 7, Christmas Carriage Rides and Tree Lighting.