At the center of downtown Oklahoma City, Kerr Park is a freshly renovated public space with the potential and ambition to become the city’s shared living room. With support from the Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant, Downtown OKC, Inc. (DOKC) and partners hope to attract not only local office workers and visitors to Kerr Park, but also the area’s growing residential community for whom the downtown has only recently become a place to call home. Located at the epicenter of a vibrant dining, arts, and entertainment scene, the park will soon become a placemaking trailblazer and a model for how other spaces in the city can reflect the energy, creativity, and dynamism of today’s Oklahoma City.
The project is well underway with design and programming ideas in development. These were the result of successful, dynamic community engagement process, which included workshops, a happy hour party, online surveys, meetings and focus groups with local artists, makers, officials and business owners.
Stay tuned for new exciting improvements coming to Kerr Park this Spring!
“We were waiting for the perfect space and the perfect time. This met all the criteria. It’s not an area where we will have to use a lot of the money to rebuild or replace things in disrepair. It’s in great shape, so we can make a huge impact with the grant money to make very visible changes.”
–Jill DeLozier, Vice President at Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.
New Funding Aims to Bring New Life to Downtown Oklahoma City's Kerr Park, NewsOK, July 9, 2017
The Power of Engaged Citizens in Oklahoma City, March 7, 2016
With locally-inspired activities that fly in the face of traditional park programs, from bread-baking to puppet shows, Toronto residents created a community place out of a park neglected by locals and city officials alike.