Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Announces 2018 Roadside Beautification Grant Recipients

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Announces 2018 Roadside Beautification Grant Recipients

Oklahoma City, Okla. - Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) together with Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has announced 2018 Roadside Beautification Grant recipients totaling over $18,000 to seven KOB affiliates. 

"Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is thankful to our sponsoring agency ODOT for making these grants possible to our affiliate network,” Jeanette Nance, Executive Director, KOB said. “We appreciate the good works of our partnering communities and the ability to fund such worthwhile projects is key to keeping Oklahoma a beautiful, healthy, sustainable place to live and thrive."

KOB Roadside Beautification grants are awarded through an application process open to KOB affiliates who propose roadside beatification project to be completed within six months. 

Keep Enid Beautiful was awarded a grant in order to support their “largest project to date” installing a public piece of art showing the historical significance of the northeast corner of Owen K Garriott Road and Grand Avenue. 

“The City is excited about the plans Keep Enid Beautiful has for the corner,” Jerald R. Gilbert, Enid City Manager said. “It is one of the most visible corners in Enid…The Corner also sits directly on the historic Chisholm Trail.”

Okeene Historic Preservation Group was awarded a grant to create an mural along State Highway 8 using native Oklahoma plants known to conserve water and will thrive during periods of drought.

Up With Trees out of Tulsa was awarded a grant to continue a 2015 project to plant one-hundred trees on 61st street between Riverside Drive and Peoria Avenue. 

“The addition of these trees will create a beautiful passageway with the 87 flowering trees in the spring,” said Julie Etchison, Development Director, Up With Trees. “…as well as provide much-needed shade with the 18 large shade trees in the late summer.” 

Twin Cities Revitalization Project was awarded a grant to renovate the exterior of the Hartshorne Public Library, which will include pressure washing of the building, sidewalks and parking lot as well as the purchase of two steel bike racks and landscaping. 

Pride in McAlester was awarded two grants one to plant 15 Crepe Myrtle shrubs  at “Defending our Freedom” monument, the second grant is to install two murals in McAlester.

“For the first part of the mural project, Pride in McAlester will hire local artist and Governor’s Art Award recipient Anita Caldwell-Jackson to memorialize Peter Hanraty along Oklahoma Business Highway 69, also known as Main Street, in historic Old Town McAlester, said Stephanie Giacomo, Executive Director, Pride in McAlester. “The second art installation will be located in the second of historic districts, Downtown McAlester, amongst several important government buildings, boutique shopping and restaurants.”

Phoenix Circle Foundation received a grant to replace a storefront on Watonga’s main business road, which will become a new arts center for the city. 

KOB Reflects on a Future Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Capitol was completed June 30, 1917. As part of the Oklahoma State Capitol Centennial, a collection of items from present-day have been collected for a centennial time capsule. Keep Oklahoma Beautiful had the opportunity to include a letter for the capsule, and hopes to convey to future generations the importance of a sustainable, beautiful Oklahoma.