FRIENDLY FACES: From left, Lacy Park Task Force member Mike Reed, Park Director Mary Ann Summerfield, Lacy Park Task Force member Terri Gatewood, City Councilor Jack Henderson, PSO Richard Bewly, and Mayor Kathy Taylor help plant a tree during Neighborfest 2006.
GTR Newspapers photo
Mayor Kathy Taylor and City Councilor Jack Henderson recently invited Tulsans to pack a picnic and join them for the first installment of NeighborFest 2006, a celebration of neighborhoods and the Tulsa community, that kicked off June 6 at Lacy Park, 2134 N. Madison Place.
The event is the first in a series of community-building celebrations being held each week at different city parks throughout the summer—one in each Council District, culminating with an “all-city” back-to-school event August 15.
At each event, the city will provide free drinks and ice cream, and citizens are encouraged to bring a picnic. There will be live entertainment, kids’ activities, fitness demonstrations, prize drawings, and the opportunity to meet elected officials and key personnel from many city government departments and agencies.
Neighborhood associations, businesses, churches and civic groups will be participating. “All of these members of the community are making our neighborhoods safer and more attractive,” said Mayor Kathy Taylor. “By coming together for this celebration, we will be able to get to know one another better and build stronger relationships that will help us all work toward those common goals.”
Among the agencies partnering with the city in NeighborFest 2006 are: Up With Trees, Keep Tulsa Beautiful, the Metropolitan Environmental Trust, Tulsa County Conservation District, the Arts and Humanities Council, Girl Scouts of Magic Empire and the Tulsa Urban League. Neighborhood associations, businesses, churches and civic groups are encouraged to participate. For more information, contact Anna America, 596-9985.
Dates for the remaining NeighborFest picnics include:
June 20 Maxwell Park, 5251 E. Newton (Council Dist. 3)
June 27 Veterans Park, 18th and South Boulder Avenue (Council Dist. 4)
July 11 Hicks Park, 3443 S. Mingo Rd. (Council Dist. 5)
July 18 Clark Park, 11440 E. Admiral Blvd. (Council Dist. 6)
July 25 Minshall Park, 7407 S. Kingston Ave. (Council Dist. 7)
Aug. 1 Hunter Park, 5804 E. 91st St. (Council Dist. 8)
Aug. 8 Whiteside Park, 4009 S. Pittsburg Ave. (Council Dist. 9)
Aug. 15 McClure Park, 7440 E. 7th St. (All-City)