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City officials discuss plans for downtown park

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LAWTON, OK (KSWO) - Lawton city leaders are discussing a new project that could transform the area where the old Wayne Gilley City Hall once stood into a new downtown park. The area stretches from Southwest 4th street to 5th street and between West Gore Boulevard and Southwest B Avenue.

Officials said they simply want to revitalize downtown Lawton and make it a better place to live, work and have fun.

While the project is still in the early stages, and could take several years before it's a reality, The Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority and city engineers got a look at 2 possible plans, which were drafted and covered through private funds given to LETA.

The plans for the proposed park will include several attractions.

"There is an amphitheater where you can have people playing music, free concerts. and then you have a pavilion that could be used for number of items and one of the thoughts is the farmers market to be downtown, again bringing folks to the downtown," said Rogalski.
 

The Director of the Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority, Richard Rogalski, said city officials are hoping to attract more people to the downtown area while continuing to support annual activities, such as the Arts for All Festival and the Open Streets events held in the spring and fall on Southwest C Avenue.  Rogalski said the park will have several other features.

"In recent years food trucks have become a major draw in communities and so we are going to provide hook-ups for food trucks so they don't have to run there generators out there", Rogalski said.

According to the plans, The City Hall Annex and The Carnegie Library Town Hall will remain in place. But as the project develops the annex may have a new home at the new public safety complex.

"The annex is one of those building that need repairs more than the building is worth so the idea is someday the building would be demolished and this is a concept of what might be there after that," Rogalski said.

The design also provides parking for the Lawton Police Department and Lawton Public Library to the east, and the Lawton YMCA to the west and Rogalski says it will also provide enough parking on the streets.

Rogalski has been working with the city to revitalize the downtown area since 2005, and while he's excited about the future possibilities, he said it's still a work in progress.

"We are better but we are not vital so we haven't revitalized yet, so I think this will  really provide impact or have an impact on our downtown," Rogalski said.

LETA and city engineers will continue to discuss the conceptual design for the next three months.


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