The city's next public park will start taking shape in the next few months, Oklahoma City Parks officials said.
Lone Oak Park, which is expected to open this year east of N Portland Avenue, north of NW 150 on a 130-acre plain along Bluff Creek, is on land once owned by the late oilman and philanthropist Dean A. McGee, who named the land Lone Oak Farms.
The park and the land it is on is named for the lone oak tree that still stands along Bluff Creek. The tree is 30 feet tall.
The undeveloped, open space on the west border of Lone Oak East housing addition was donated this month to the city by developer Lone Oak LLC. Oklahoma City Councilman Mark Stonecipher said the developer acquired the land in 1999 from the McGee family, and agreed to donate the land to the city for a future park for outdoor hiking or recreation.
Doug Kupper, Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation director, said the city will start work in about two months.
Kupper said the park will be the northernmost park in the city when it opens. An opening date has not been set.
The housing developer in the area is moving dirt and that work will last until July, Kupper said. Then city parks officials will plan a meeting with area neighbors to discuss ideas for park usage. Funds are available for trails and paths, he said.
Once city crews move in this summer, the ground will be seeded with grass.
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