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May 29, 2014

Leadership Duncan Class XVIII turns focus to Memorial Park

DUNCAN — Duncan’s Memorial Park is about to get a five-figure makeover from the Duncan Chamber of Commerce’s latest leadership class.

Roger Neal, a member of Class XVIII, talked with the Duncan Rotary Club on Wednesday about the upcoming project aimed at rehabilitating the southern half of the park between Pine and Beech.

“We want to continue the beautification of our community,” Neal said. “Every other leadership class has done something to beautify our community.”

The project is expected to cost about $23,703. The group’s fundraising goal is $25,000 to provide some leeway for the project.

Among the costs for the project are benches, trash cans, xeriscape plants, installation of benches and trash cans, fence replacement and painting the walls of Halliburton Stadium face the park.

Neal said the most costly portion of the project will be replacement of the chain-link fence, which is estimated to cost about $9,063.

The leadership class is working with the City of Duncan and Duncan Public Schools, with one goal to tie the park into the Heritage Trails project, the walking-biking pathway designed to connect business, recreation and educational centers west of U.S. Highway 81.

“It’s a really nice, semi-quiet park that’s up against (U.S.) Highway 81,” Neal said.

The park makover includes the planting of  xeriscape plants to add color to the park. The native Oklahoma plants won’t require much water, he said.

Boy Scouts may help plant the vegetation to work toward their Eagle Scout ranks, Neal said.

 There are plans to replace broken and worn-out benches by selling new benches. For each bench sold, the purchasing individual or group can put a name on the bench.

Nine benches were originally planned for the park, and all nine sold quickly, Neal said. But the group is continuing to sell benches with a goal of adding more benches to the park.

“We’ll add more if people buy them,” Neal said.

At the end of the meeting, Rotary members passed a hat to collect money to purchase a bench.

In addition to the benches, the Leadership Class will have another fundraiser for the project. A golf tournament is set for Sept. 19 at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club.

“It was a very interesting class,” Neal said. “We had a great time. It was a lot of fun. We appreciate everybody’s support.”

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