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Midwest City opens new park

By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon

Midwest City has a new park.

City officials last week announced that W.P. Bill Atkinson Park is now open to the public.

The park is located near the clock tower on Mid-America Blvd., just north of the Town Center Plaza.

W.P. Bill Atkinson Park will serve as a gathering place and connection between the Original Mile neighborhood with the commercial district. It includes performance and event space, splash pad, playground, dog park and more.

The park is linked to the nearby retail center by a paved pedestrian plaza that includes historical panels telling the story of Midwest City’s past.

On Thursday, a team from Midwest Public Works and The Crucible Bronze Foundry placed the statue of Midwest City Founder, W.P. Bill Atkinson, at the south entrance of the new park. The statue had most recently had a temporary home in Charles J. Johnson Park.

The park is part of a 2018 bond issue approved by voters.

A grand opening celebration will take place this spring.

PHOTOS BY JOSH RYAN

5 Comments

  1. Thalia A Harjo on March 19, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Such a fun kid friendly place to take our littles!💗

  2. Kalyn on March 28, 2023 at 5:40 pm

    I was really excited about this park coming in so close! But it seems to be taking a down hill turn. There is liter every where and with little kids that’s hard to keep them out of. And I know it’s not the park responsibility but a lot of high schoolers using extremely inappropriate language. One of the gates has already been broken. And by a road that’s just not safe for little kids. It’s a place I want to keep going to but my kids might be too young for this park.

    • Thalia A Harjo on April 2, 2023 at 9:30 pm

      Can I get into to rent the event space?

      • Amy Bartels on February 11, 2024 at 9:28 pm

        Hi. This is Amy K Bartels. I am a retired RN. On Sat, a friend and I were at this park. We were looking for a place to take our young family members to play. Luckily they weren’t with us at the time. It is new and very attractive.
        Hi. This is Amy K Bartels. I am a retired RN. On Sat, a friend and I were at this park. We were looking for a place to take our young family members to play. Luckily they weren’t with us at the time. It is new and very attractive.

        The down side! I went down the new roller slide to try for my granddaughter. This slide is extremely dangerous! I went down so very fast. My head hit the slide, bounced and hit again. My head swollen and skin almost to breaking point of the skin. I have 2 large lumps on the back of my head. It hurt so bad I couldn’t move for a while. I was happy my friend there to help me. I was in a lot of pain, felt dizzy and nauseated. If in my right mind, I should have gone to the emergency room. Today I am still swollen and sore. I went to bed last night hoping I would wake up today.

        It would be my suggestion to remove this roller slide immediately. This is a dangerous piece of equipment.

        It is still possible I may seek medical treatment. My head in a lot of pain. I have rested the past day and a half.

        The down side! I went down the new roller slide to try for my granddaughter. This slide is extremely dangerous! I went down so very fast. My head hit the slide, bounced and hit again. My head swollen and skin almost to breaking point of the skin. I have 2 large lumps on the back of my head. It hurt so bad I couldn’t move for a while. I was happy my friend there to help me. I was in a lot of pain, felt dizzy and nauseated. If in my right mind, I should have gone to the emergency room. Today I am still swollen and sore. I went to bed last night hoping I would wake up today.

        It would be my suggestion to remove this roller slide immediately. This is a dangerous piece of equipment.

        It is still possible I may seek medical treatment. My head in a lot of pain. I have rested the past day and a half.

        Hi. This is Amy K Bartels. I am a retired RN. On Sat, a friend and I were at this park. We were looking for a place to take our young family members to play. Luckily they weren’t with us at the time. It is new and very attractive.

        The down side! I went down the new roller slide to try for my granddaughter. This slide is extremely dangerous! I went down so very fast. My head hit the slide, bounced and hit again. My head swollen and skin almost to breaking point of the skin. I have 2 large lumps on the back of my head. It hurt so bad I couldn’t move for a while. I was happy my friend there to help me. I was in a lot of pain, felt dizzy and nauseated. If in my right mind, I should have gone to the emergency room. Today I am still swollen and sore. I went to bed last night hoping I would wake up today.

        It would be my suggestion to remove this roller slide immediately. This is a dangerous piece of equipment.

        It is still possible I may seek medical treatment. My head in a lot of pain. I have rested the past day and a half.

  3. Liz on March 11, 2024 at 9:32 pm

    Quick question , are we allowed to roller skate there , trying to find somewhere my daughter can practice .

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