Lake Bixhoma Renovations Near Completion
By EMILY RAMSEY
BEAUTIFICATION EFFORTS: The SkillsUSA Chapter at Tulsa Tech’s Peoria Campus and community volunteers came together in April to complete renovation projects at Lake Bixhoma that were funded by a $25,000 Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant. One of the final portions of the project included relocating the gazebo from Charley Young Event Park.
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In April, the SkillsUSA Chapter at Tulsa Tech’s Peoria Campus completed its revitalization efforts at Lake Bixhoma, which were funded by a $25,000 Lowe’s Community Improvement Grant that the group received at the end of 2016.
The SkillsUSA chapter was one of 14 programs nationwide to receive a Lowe’s grant in amounts ranging from $2,000 to $25,000. The local grants are designed to strengthen communities and provide enhanced learning opportunities for students.
The group began work on their project in February, which has included demolition of run-down buildings, clean-up, construction, the addition of new grills and picnic tables, and the installation of the relocated gazebo and playground equipment from Charley Young Event Park.
According to Chris Waller, Lowe’s district manager, three area store managers also volunteered in the recent efforts: Seth Jones, Andy Schweitzer and Milton Stanley. Also on hand were SkillsUSA chapter leader and Bixby City Councilor Richard Stewart, additional Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, two volunteers from Valspar and 23 SkillsUSA students.
“I couldn’t be more thrilled for the SkillsUSA organization and the work they’ve committed to do to revitalize an important Bixby landmark,” says Stewart. “It’s a definite win-win for the quality of life and economic impact for the City of Bixby.”
The SkillsUSA chapter at Tulsa Tech consists of high school students who desire to have an active presence in their community. Previously, the group has worked with the City of Bixby and the Bixhoma Lake Foundation Project to clear overgrowth from around the lake, as well as to paint fences and restore park benches.
The work at the lake is nearing completion and a public grand opening is expected to be announced soon. In the meantime, Lake Bixhoma remains open to the public.