$75,000 grant adds 300 trees to Moore’s Little River Park

June 3, 2014 - A $75,000 grant from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is helping to restore trees throughout Moore’s Little River Park that took a direct hit by the May 20, 2013 tornado. At a special event today, the 100th tree was planted, signifying the end of phase one of the grant. Phase two will occur in fall 2014 and will add 200 trees. The grant is through the Margaret Annis Boys Trust, a permanent endowment fund administered by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

“The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has responded in several ways to the May 2013 storms that affected central Oklahoma,” says Nancy B. Anthony, president. “When we realized the devastation left behind in Little River Park, we knew we could help the City of Moore rebuild this important neighborhood park.

“Miss Boys, who left us a bequest in 1998 to beautify public lands, worked as a elementary school teacher and principal,” Anthony continues. “It seems fitting that a grant from her endowment fund could help restore a public park that serves the Plaza Tower Elementary School neighborhood.”

The grant is helping the City of Moore implement a new plan for Little River Park that includes wider concrete trails, new permanent restroom facilities and picnic pavilions, new playgrounds, a water “sprayground” feature, fitness stations and improved and expanded parking areas. Improvements also include two new pedestrian bridges, enhancing the three ponds and improved access to better integrate the park with the surrounding residential neighborhood.

“We are so grateful for the generous donation of trees to Little River Park by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation,” says Todd Jenson, director, City of Moore Parks and Recreation Department. “One of the first organizations wishing to help rebuild Little River Park was the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. I want to personally thank them for what they have done and will continue to do in the coming months.”

The variety of trees planted average eight to 10 feet in height and are all Oklahoma proven. Varieties include Bald Cypress, White Oak, Kentucky Coffeetree, Cedar Elm, Shantung Maple, Chinquipih Oak, Sawtooth Oak, Burr Oak, Shummard Oak, Hackberry and Crapemyrtle.

The Margaret Annis Boys Trust supports beautification projects in public parks, lands and medians . To date, the endowment fund has provided more than $2 million in funding through nearly 300 grants. For more information on Miss Boys, please visitwww.occf.org/boystrust.