Oklahoma City – 39 groups across Oklahoma have been chosen to participate in Fresh Paint Days. This Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) program is designed to encourage volunteers to seek out community structures and renovate them with the creative use of resources. This year, the Anadarko Chamber of Commerce, the City of Anadarko, and the Delaware Nation were all chosen as participating groups.
Fresh Paint Days is a program founded on the collaboration between H-I- S Coatings and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. KOB, with the help of sponsors, provides the paint and a stipend for supplies; selected communities supply the volunteers and elbow grease. This program has helped to revitalize communities across Oklahoma with a fresh coat of paint. The Anadarko Chamber of Commerce will work with the City of Anadarko to paint the guard rails surrounding Randlett Park. These rails have been neglected over time and have become weathered with rust. Randlett Park is home to the youth baseball league among many other events throughout the year.
David Scott, Executive Director of the Chamber, believes this renovation project “will increase the amount of community pride in our local park tremendously. This park gets a lot of use and we want to be able to show it off for locals and visitors as well.”
The City of Anadarko will paint the old City swimming pool. The pool is located in Randlett Park, and was built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s. The design is one of only 10 in the United States. The pool sits above ground, in the center of the building surrounding it.
Painting of Anadarko’s Municipal Pool inside City Hall
“The structure is no longer in use, but plans are underway to re-purpose the pool,” said Anadarko City Manager Kenneth Corn. “[The Fresh Paint Days project] will be the kick off in our efforts to re-purpose the pool.”
In the middle of Central street, Anadarko’s main thoroughfare, sits an aging, blemished structure. The building is currently under renovations to soon re-open as a gallery displaying Native America art.
“I feel like this will impact and empower the community to have more clean-ups and awareness,” said Christina Cooper, Delaware Nation Environmental Director.
Natalie Evans, the projects coordinator for KOB, works with potential participants throughout the application process.
“It is so encouraging to see the many individuals across the state who have a heart for bettering their communities,” Evans said. “These participants truly exemplify the spirit of Oklahoma, which was founded on hard work and a positive community outlook. Fresh Paint Days is a wonderful opportunity for these communities to work together to better their environment.”
Joe Cox, the CEO and president of H-I- S Coatings has been helping to make Fresh Paint Days a reality for over a decade.
“We have proudly partnered with Keep Oklahoma Beautiful for 11 years, providing roughly 11,000 gallons of paint to help communities in Oklahoma fill budget gaps,” Cox said. “It’s been an honor to help the small communities in Oklahoma over the years.”
“Fresh Paint Days has a great impact on preserving the character of Oklahoma communities. It’s great to see communities come together and join resources to restore community structures and community pride. PSO is proud to support their efforts,” said John Harper, Vice President External Affairs, PSO. The group will have 30 days to complete their projects using donated paint from H.I.S Coatings of Oklahoma City and a stipend from Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Keep America Beautiful/Anheuser-Busch, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.
The projects in Anadarko will be competing for the “Best Visual Impact Award” through the, ‘Communities Primed for Change’ online contest. Finalists will be chosen based upon their ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos. Winners will be announced at the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful 26th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Celebration on November 17, 2016.
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment.
For more information about KOB, Fresh Paint Days, and the sponsors of this program visit: www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com