This process is now under way.
“We’re anxious to get work started out there,” Jenson said.
However, it will be several months until playground structures will rise. Site work, bidding for a company to build the playground and planning are still ahead. Jenson estimates that this will be a three-to-four-month process.
In the meantime, Moore park employees are working on preparing public sites hit by the storm and making them welcoming for the community again.
“We’re starting to fix up the parks now,” Jenson said.
The grant will pay for a playground. But this is only the beginning. Jenson said an estimated $600,000 in damages was done to the park by the tornado. Besides the playground, picnic shelters as well as walking trails were devastated.
Jenson said the city would pay with insurance money and other city funds for fully cleaning and rebuilding the park.
Veterans Memorial Park is a gem for Moore residents, Jenson said.
“People just loved that park,” Jenson said. “The city had put in a lot of money the last six or seven years. It was dedicated to our veterans. When it was destroyed, it tugged on the community’s heart strings.”
The city had invested into the park to create a special place to honor veterans and create spaces for families and people to spend time together, he added. A Memorial Plaza recognizes veterans from the five branches of service and a Soldiers’ Memorial honors war heroes.