By KELSY LORIN TAYLOR
Web Editor and Feature Writer
KELSY LORIN TAYLOR for GTR Newspapers
Broken Arrow has become a growing and energetic community that boasts both previous accomplishments and future plans. Mayor Mike Lester and Events Coordinator David Blue are looking forward to the possibilities that the New Year will bring.
Through the last year, Broken Arrow has taken pride in the number of citizens who have decided to call the area home. There was a growth in convenience for residents who have been offered new retail and restaurant options, which Lester adds, “Blossomed in the northern part of Broken Arrow and has not only brought new opportunities for our citizens, but additional and much needed sales tax revenue for the operation of the City.”
This year, Lester believes that one of the most important goals for the community is for additional growth of retail shops, restaurants and entertainment in the Elm Place to Aspen corridor of the Creek Turnpike. “There is a tremendous amount of potential for this area since it is accessible to not only Broken Arrow, but the entire Metro.”
Lester is also looking forward to the development of the master plan for a new events park, which will be located at New Orleans and the Creek Turnpike. This will bring a wonderful venue to the area and is sure to host a variety of exciting events for citizens of Broken Arrow and surrounding communities to enjoy.
Blue agrees and adds that the, “Quality of entertainment opportunities, our Parks system, art and other aesthetic enhancements truly makes for a heightened community spirit.”
Last year, Broken Arrow established a farmer’s market, which Blue feels will continue to be successful. “We’ve received accolades from the State Department of Agriculture on our achievements and I’m happy to say, based on what I’ve been told by other market managers in Oklahoma, we have set the bar higher.”
The St. John’s Hospital complex is expected to open its doors this year. “The complex will provide high quality health care for all of Broken Arrow and an increased potential for economic development,” notes Lester.
The Broken Arrow community will continue to come together with one goal in mind, to bring an enriched quality of life to citizens through positive progress. Lester hopes that, “Given the economic climate we are currently in, that we would continue to see the confidence retailers have placed in Broken Arrow for growth of their companies.” He also would like to find that the Flight Safety’s new facility will be underway as well as new features within the Events Park.