Bronce Stephenson, Director of Community Development for the City of Owasso, was the speaker at the February Owasso Chamber luncheon on Wednesday. Stephenson spoke on future projects and ideas for the Owasso Community.
First up were plans for roadways in Owasso and the need for equality for all forms of transportation. Noting that roads move more than cars, he shared that future roadway expansions in Owasso will all include center medians, bike lanes and wider sidewalks. Projects coming up that will have those features included 76th Street from US Highway 169 to 129th and Garnett from 96th to 106th Street North.
Trails in Owasso were also discussed sharing plans for an Owasso/Mohawk trail connection, eventually connected to McCarty Park. A heart health 5K trail is in the works in the perimeter of the Owasso Sports Park. The 5K venue will help eliminate the need for roads being closed and numerous officers at 5K path intersections. It will also give those visiting the sports park a great walking venue.
This project is one I have been waiting for. Part of the Downtown/Main Street renovation vision, a Festival Market Place is now in the planning stages. The venue will be used for a farmers market, concerts, gatherings and more. It will be located on the south side of the current City Hall, reaching from Main to Birch. An old house located on Birch and owned by the city will be torn down to make room for the venue.
Also in the works on Main Street is the soon to be demolished building at 1st and Main, that now houses Scoreboard Sports Cards and 360 Sports. In its place will be a new two story brick building, starting a new look and feel for the downtown area. The new space will house shops, restaurants and businesses on the lower level, with loft living on the 2nd floor. Hopes are that the empty lot on the southeast corner of 76th and Main will someday house a similar venue. Plans are to make the downtown area a home away from home gathering spot for Owasso.
In the works are plans to double the size of the current splash pad at Rayola Park. A new super size splash pad is also in the works for the Owasso Sports Complex.
A new 5 acre dog park will be located on the south east side of McCarty Park. Plans will soon be finalized.
A hope for many is alleviating the congestion and risk to students as they cross the street between the Mid-High and High School numerous times a day. Though there are no plans for it yet, an elevated walk way has been mentioned to assist students and slow down traffic.
You may view the entire presentation from yesterdays luncheon by clicking here: ChamberLunchPresentation2016FINAL