Choctaw Development Fund Awards More Than $340,000 to Town of Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Construction on Phase II of Oka Park to begin and the renovations to the Park will highlight the areas rich Native culture, as evident by the name “Oka”, meaning water in Choctaw. Pictured from left to right: Michael Southard, Choctaw Nation Director of Economic Development; Jonathan Calloway, Choctaw Small Business Advisor; Tony Ward, Choctaw Nation Tribal Council Member District 2; Vickie Patterson, Broken Bow City Manager, Chief Gary Batton and City of Broken Bow Representatives, Randy Rutledge, Dan Grace, Ed Richards, Amanda Williamson and Jamie Denison. Photos by Choctaw Nation. 

Broken Bow, OK  – Last month, The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Choctaw Development Fund awarded the town of Broken Bow $344,545 that will be used to build a brand-new Americans with Disabilities (ADA) restroom facility. This is phase II of a three-part project of the Oka Park renovations in Broken Bow, Okla.

“The generous donation to help us renovate and improve Oka Park is a great example of the kind of collaboration we are grateful to have with the Choctaw Nation,” states Vickie Patterson, Broken Bow City Manager. “We are looking forward to the great experiences young people, adults and families will enjoy as a result of this hard work at Oka Park.”

The Choctaw Development Fund supports economic viability and sustainability by partnering with Choctaw small business owners, cities and municipalities to create long-term growth and job creation within the territories of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Phase I is complete and phase II is currently underway. Phase II of the Oka Park renovations will include:

  • Site preparation including mobilization preparation, erosion control, site clearing, site grading, excavation, ill, aggregate base, drainage prep and material and junction box
  • Chain link fencing
  • Concrete
  • Sod
  • 1.5” Water Service Connection
  • Lift Station and main
  • Lighting
  • Two Parking Lots with ADA Parking Available
  • Super Pave Asphalt Material and Installation
  • ADA Bathroom Facilities
  • Traffic Markings
  • Signage

Once complete, Oka Park will highlight the areas rich Native culture, as evident by the name “Oka”, meaning water in Choctaw. Throughout the park, locals and visitors will be able to see several references to Choctaw culture.

Oka Park is located next to a picturesque retirement community. It offers the seniors of the retirement community interaction with park and its visitors as well as an attractive location for the smaller surrounding school districts to visit.

The expected completion date for all Oka Park renovations is late July 2021.

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