Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The city of Edmond is planning improvements to their parks and recreation system…

Jacobs Urban Design + Planning group will be developing the Parks Master Plan. Jacobs is a large, national multi-discipline firm providing comprehensive design, technical and construction services. Jacobs seeks to integrate urban and natural systems, balanced with social and cultural characteristics, to create meaningful yet functionally responsive places for people that are economically and environmentally sustainable. Meetings will be held May 7, 9, and 10 for residents to provide input. • 6:30 p.m. May 7 at the Multi-Activity Center in Mitch Park. • 6:30 p.m. May 9 at the Downtown Community Center, Main Street and Littler. • 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the pavilion at Bickham-Rudkin Park

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

20th Anniversary for the “Round Barn”, Arcadia, OK.

Established in 1902, Arcadia is a small, peaceful town located just east of Edmond, OK. A cattle farmer by the name of William Odor donated 80 acres of land to be used for the town of Arcadia. His plan was for the town to also include a railway station which would allow him to be able to transport his cattle by train to market. Unfortunately, most of the town burned down and was never rebuilt. One of the main structures that survived was a giant round, red barn. The “round barn” remains standing today and is a focal point for the town of Arcadia. For more information, call 396-0824 or visit

Monday, April 9, 2012

Oklahoma Architecture Tour

Check out the American Institute of Architects – Central Oklahoma Chapter’s Architecture Tour - April 14... The event will run from noon to 6pm. Tickets are $15 on tour day or $12 in advance through Thursday at TAPARCHITECTURE; the AIA-Central Oklahoma Office; or online at Homes that will be featured include: Emma Rolls and Lee Peoples at 824 NW 7; Brent Kliewer at 2801 NE 120; James and Jennifer Weinland at 6614 N Pennsylvania; The Oklahoma City Fire Station No. 6 at 21 N Lincoln Blvd.; The Nichols Law Firm at 104 E Main St. in Norman; and The Creek House at 2116 Covell Lane in Edmond.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Edmond, OK Middle School Receives Outdoor Classroom Grant

Cheyenne Middle School, (part of the Edmond School District), recently received a grant for $5,000 from the National Education Association.  This grant will help fund an outdoor Exploratorium.  The Exploratorium will enhance the learning experience for students by giving them hands on experience with long-term experiments.  The Exploratorium will consist of a greenhouse, alluvial stream beds, raised gardens, and a compost bin, as well as many other key features. 

Outside of the grant from the NEA, this project could not happen without the support of the community as well as the parents.  Donations have been received from Lowes, McGuire's Plumbing, Edmond Rock and many other groups.  Edmond Public Schools continue to support innovative thinking and high levels of learning.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Gardening Tips

As the days get longer and the weather gets nicer, we tend to spend more time outdoors as we begin to clean up our flower beds and work in the yard.

People this time of year can be heard saying “you know if I’d planted that tree when I first moved here it would be 5 (or 10) years old and pretty big by now.” Transforming a boring yard into a beautiful landscape can be a challenge in Oklahoma, but it can also be very rewarding. Whether you buy a new home or an older home with old, overgrown shrubs, the landscaping can make a world of difference in the appearance of your home and in your pride of ownership.

Some people love to work in the yard, some people don’t really like to, but are willing to do it for the sake of their home’s appearance, and others just plain hate it.  Whatever category you fit into, attractive landscaping can be yours. Check out your local garden center to help you plan a nearly maintenance free yard or botanical wonder.

If you are considering purchasing a new home, give some thought to the kind of landscaping that fits you best. If you are updating, getting your home ready to sell, or starting brand new, remember what a difference proper landscaping can do for your home. Money may be tight when you first move into your home, but a small tree will grow and in five years will look good compared to the price of a five-year-old tree from the nursery.