Devon Energy to Help Rebuild Moore's Little River Park
Nearly one year after a tornado devastated communities throughout the state, a city park serving Moore’s Plaza Towers neighborhood received a boost from Devon Energy. The City of Moore today announced a $200,000 gift from Devon that will help the city complete the reconstruction of Little River Park and provide a place of enjoyment for hundreds of families.
In ceremonies shaded by a new pavilion at the park located at 700 SW 4th St., Mayor Glenn Lewis emphasized the importance of a new, improved Little River Park in the ongoing recovery of a central Moore neighborhood that was devastated by the tornado on May 20, 2013.
“In our great challenges we find opportunities for renewal,” Lewis said. “We are grateful to Devon for this gift that is helping make Little River Park better than it has ever been before.”
Funds for rebuilding the park are coming from a variety of sources, including the citizens of Moore who participated in creating PATH 2022, a master plan that includes a dedicated temporary sales tax. Devon’s gift is helping Moore to implement a new plan for Little River Park that was completed and approved last fall. The gift is part of Devon’s $2.5 million commitment to help communities recover from the disastrous storm season of 2013.
“Many of our employees, families and friends were affected by these storms and we are pleased and proud to help our neighbors in Moore as they continue the hard work of rebuilding their community,” said Alan Marcum, executive vice president at Devon. “The people of Moore know exactly what it means to step up and help each other. In this case, Devon is simply following their example.”
Rebuilding projects throughout the 52-acre park include wider concrete trails, new restroom facilities and picnic pavilions, new playgrounds, a water “sprayground” feature, fitness stations, and improved and expanded parking. Improvements also include two new pedestrian bridges, restoration of trees and shrubs, enhancing the three ponds and better access to better integrate the park with the surrounding residential neighborhood, which also is on its way to being rebuilt. Plans also call for a memorial plaza at a point where the May 20 tornado went through the park.
Based in Oklahoma City, Devon (NYSE: DVN) is a leading independent oil and gas producer. The company is committed to supporting communities where it operates by investing in youth and education, the arts, civic initiatives, the environment and emergency response agencies. Devon is the only independent oil and gas producer included on the Civic 50 list, which recognizes America’s most community-minded companies. For additional information, visitwww.devonenergy.com.