SKIATOOK, Okla. - Another benchmark of the Vision 2025 project just opened in Skiatook.
The new central park off Highway 20 and S. Locust Street is already bringing families together.
"I've been looking forward to it the whole time they've been working on it. Driving by and just anticipating what it's going to be like," said Patty Wilson.
"It's an awesome thing. I think it's a great thing. The location and everything they've done."
The $2.3 million park was approved by taxpayers to improve community development. It took 18 months to complete. The park features splash pads, new playground equipment and even a pond and walking trails.
"We're just trying to stay ahead of the curve. The more people who stay here, the more things they need. More entertainment, more activities for the kids," said
Martin Tucker, the town administrator for Skiatook.
He says this is not your traditional playground.
"These are all sort of interactive equipment, they make the kids think a little bit. You have to learn while you're playing. And we don't tell them that," Tucker said.
He says Skiatook needed a park with these kinds of amenities.
"I think this is a way to sort of showcase the community," he said.
It's a big hit with kids and their parents. Andrea Hudson brought her daughters Kelsie and Kylie to check out the new park.
"I think it's going to be awesome to have something as big as this, with some of the amenities the bigger parks have right here close to home," she said.
For many families, this is more than just a park.
"It's nice to have something like this to draw people into Skiatook," Hudson said.
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