Together Square Groundbreaking Set for Thursday, Feb. 21

Together Square Groundbreaking Set for Thursday, Feb. 21

 

OGE Energy Corp., Energy Assist Foundation and Team Griffin Foundation Groundbreaking at the new Together Square

Thursday, February 21, 2019, 1:30 p.m., Hudson and Sheridan

A collaboration between OGE Energy Corp., The Energy Assist Foundation, Team Griffin and Myriad Botanical Gardens is creating a unique space in the heart of downtown called Together Square. Together Square, located west of the Gardens across Hudson Street, will feature a basketball court branded by the Team Griffin Foundation, a futsal soccer court* branded by the Energy Assist Foundation and a large open space for general use.

OGE Energy Corp. and Together Square partners will break ground Thursday, February 21, starting at 1:30 p.m. People can expect the courts to open to the public around May 2019. Myriad Gardens will provide general maintenance and care for the site including lawn care and related horticultural work that will help connect the new site to the Gardens. There are plans for the introduction of Oklahoma friendly tree species that are utility line compatible.

Upon completion of Together Square, the Myriad Gardens will also coordinate rentals of the courts and grounds for private and corporate events. One of the first events hosted at Together Square will include finish line support tents and activities for the 2019 Memorial Marathon on April 28. Check back often on Gardens website myriadgardens.org, for construction updates, and details on how to reserve space at Together Square for an event or to reserve the green space or court time.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held at Together Square between Walker and Hudson, south of Sheridan, west of the Myriad Botanical Gardens (just north of the Arts Council Oklahoma City offices). The groundbreaking is open to the public.

*A futsal soccer court is an emerging form of soccer played on a smaller, hard-surface court.

 

Myriad Botanical Gardens awarded Great Idea Challenge Grant

Myriad Botanical Gardens awarded Great Idea Challenge Grant

 

 

Myriad Botanical Gardens awarded Great Idea Challenge Grant

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation and Mayor David Holt hosted a reception Wednesday, January 9, after to announce the recipients of the Great Idea Challenge Grant. The Myriad Gardens was recognized as a runner up and awarded $20,000 to develop their proposed ReWild OKC Program.

ReWild OKC suggests a re-envisioning of Oklahoma City as an urban garden and challenges the public to see naturalized plants in an aesthetic way. Taking a layered approach to rewilding our city, labeling wild plants throughout downtown, curating a weedy vacant lot into a green zone, and creating vertical gardens on walls and fences along with programs to bring garden education to children across the city.

“ReWild OKC is an entirely new way of thinking about our urban and natural environment. The program will improve the quality of life by creating harmony between nature and the city. The Myriad Gardens horticultural staff will cultivate a pocket garden downtown by naturalizing a vacant lot and creating or labeling vertical gardens on walls and fences. These spaces will be extremely low maintenance and composed of native plants not commonly seen in designed gardens. Rather than being customary destinations, they will be found spaces, naturalized, wildlife-friendly greenery embedded into the structure of our city,” said Maureen Heffernan, Executive Director of the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

The ReWild green spaces will be aesthetically pleasing and, once established, require very little maintenance with drought resistant and wildlife-friendly plants. The labeled weeds, gardens and vines will be combined into an urban green walking tour that the public could do independently or in groups. Greening our urban landscape will improve sustainability and quality of life in Oklahoma City and could become a national model for re-wilding urban areas.