Bridging a Community
A source of pride for the town of Medicine Park is Bath Lake, Medicine Creek and its surrounds looking very much like it did when the town was a private resort back in first part of the 20th century. What you see today is a faithful reconstruction built to match the original thanks to the efforts of those arriving on the scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Two of those reconstructions are the walking bridges, the one to the island (a project directed by Charley Wright) and the Curtis Davis Bridge spanning Medicine Creek named in honor of Candace McCoy's dad who owned much of what was Medicine Park back in the 60s. Read more...
The town Medicine Park, all 400+ of us, has as many opinions as it has citizens and on how things ought to be run with more ideas than you can throw a cobblestone at on how to add to the already entertaining and inspiring list of town events. Despite our individual dissimilarities, what we have in common is that WE LOVE THIS TOWN.
It is amazing that we make it through all the chatter and on occasion concurrent events unscathed. But when the call goes out asking for volunteers people show up. *(That's how my husband and I got roped in to join The Medicine Park Marauders street theatre. But thats a whole other story) Three months ago Planning and Preservation began hatching a plan to paint our walking bridges. Chairperson Barbara Boguski made it her "mission" to get 'er done. It takes time to secure donations for the paint and to make sure all the proper rules are in place to protect the environment.
After having to cancel due to weather the group gathered on Saturday April 25th morning around 9:00 am. They eagerly grabbed up paint rollers and brushes and set to work. The Base Camp Adventure Outfitters lent their boards so a few of the guys could paint the island bridge. All and all the first coat of paint was complete by about 3:30 PM thanks to approximately 20 volunteers which is what would squeeze on to the Curtis Davis.
I was not part of this volunteer project but I was there to applaud the paint splattered workers when they arrived at the Tavern for some refreshment and to listen to live music. (I believe me not being there, left room for more skilled and efficient painters)
When visitors/tourist come they are struck by the beauty of it all, both the natural stream and the historic manmade structures around the town and how it is well maintained. They take it for granted, this place of beauty. Once overheard was a visitors asking if the resort was open all year round. They just needed to ask a Parkie.
Check out Josh Rouse's article in the Lawton Constitution for more of the
story. Read more....
*the Medicine Park Marauders 2003 to 2013 are now disbanded
Photo credits: Shelly Cope, Jennifer Ellis, Dale Rouke Nomura, Toni Capra and Muriel Fahrion