post Muriel Fahrion, photo Michael Fahrion
As most of our readers know Medicine Park was hit with a devastating fire on June 23rd and 24th. Fortunately the historic downtown was not impacted. Now a month later the residents that had sustained damage are picking themselves up from the ashes. They are having work done on their places, cleaning, restoring, tidying up while some folks, that sadly lost their homes, are making plans for building new homes. From personal experience it is a tough road to go being wakened by the sound of hammers tapping on our chamber walls in the wee, not so hot, hours of the morning. But we are pleased that our dedicated team of restorers are working so hard to get us back to where we were before the fire. Ft. Sill and insurance companies have been out to assess the damage. The U.S. Forest Service are visiting with the people who have had their land scorched informing them know how to avoid erosion after the fire. Note: You must call and make an appointment to have this done.
In Town Center several houses have been and are being erected over the foundations of the original cobblestones in keeping with the vintage look of the Park. Other places not on the original foundations are being built with a look appropriate to the town's history. Planning and Preservation reviews plans for all new builds and historic restorations.
Center Stage on East Lake has been given a finishing coat of sealer a reminder that the Mayor's Blues Ball is not too far off. Meanwhile Bath Lake is busy from early morning to late at night with locals and visitors taking cooling dips. And we are still here to walk our dogs along the beautiful Charley Wright Creekside trail.