Ground broken for revitalization of midtown park

A rendering of Red Andrews Park. Ground was broken for park revitalization Tuesday, August 1. (KOKH/Jordann Lucero)

Ground was broken Tuesday for the revitalization of Red Andrews Park in the Midtown district of Oklahoma City. The project will turn it into a gathering place for the neighborhood and space for arts.

The park, located at NW 8th and Shartel, will get a major update. The John L. Williams gym building is getting an overhaul as well as park grounds.

"When we're here for the ribbon cutting, I don't think people will believe it's the same space," said Ward 6 councilperson Meg Salyer.

The project idea was developed eight years ago, architect Brian Fitzsimmons said. The city has been working on the concept for three years.

Funding for the park renovation will come, in large part, from private donations. Neighbors along with Midtown Renaissance, Saint Anthony Hospital, Downtown OKC gave to the project.

Fitzsimmons said the unique slope to the grounds of the park will lend itself to an amphitheater and pavilion.

This will allow the park to become a hub for arts and cultural events, organizers said.

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