CC)—The Enid Mayor and Board of Commissioners Tuesday night approved a resolution making the 100 block of Park Avenue an official public forum specifically for the full exercise of First Amendment rights, as well as creating a new permitting process for non-commercial events held in the space. All residents would be able to use the venue, according to the resolution after receiving a permit. The resolution appears to be a response to counter a legal nonprofit’s recent request that the city cease infrastructure work on Park, including excavating a 10-foot-deep hole for a Christmas tree, where The One will take place later this year. Commissioners on Tuesday also approved transferring $250,000 in general funds that would cover all of the costs for the recent capital improvements to the area. The One is set to debut Nov. 26 as part of Enid Lights Up the Plains, with numerous free, Christmas events planned through New Year’s around the 140-foot Christ Tree in the middle of Park, which will be closed off to traffic.
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HA)--Enid Public School’s Hoover Elementary has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. The application process includes meeting your state’s criteria in reading, mathematics, and other academic indicators, such as attendance, and being an established school for at least five years, among other benchmarks. This is the second time Hoover has been named a National Blue Ribbon School, first receiving the award in 2012. Hoover is the only EPS school to have earned the award to date. On Tuesday, Chisholm Middle School was also named a National Blue Ribbon School. Hoover Elementary and Chisholm Middle School were among the 325 schools nationwide earning the award this year.
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EM)--The City of Enid Engineering Department has scheduled a presentation for business owners, property owners, and residents interested on the proposed road improvements for East Randolph between North Washington and North 7th Street. The presentation will be held in the Council Chambers at City of Enid Administration Building at 5:30 this afternoon and will cover the remaining construction schedule. Construction plans will be available for viewing at the meeting and questions will be taken following the presentation.
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CP)--The City of Enid Parks and Recreation Department will host “Camping in the Park” at Meadowlake Park on Friday and Saturday. There will be a weekend full of activities and adventure, including s’mores, the “Tom and Jerry” movie on Friday night, and a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning. This family friendly event is open for citizens of all ages; however, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult throughout the entire event. So, dust off your tent, your camping gear, and get ready to camp in the park. For more information regarding this event, including event policies, rules and itinerary, please visit Enid.org/CampinginthePark. For questions, contact the Parks and Recreation department by phone at (580) 616-7210 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To check out upcoming events, go to: Enid.org/ParkEvents.
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HS)--Enid Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to join fellow Enid and Garfield County residents and participate in the Hope Community Assessment. On October 7, 2021 Oklahoma’s First Lady Sarah Stitt will be hosting the first-ever Hope Summit in Enid. The mission of Hope Rising is to empower people, families, and communities to better their lives through the science of Hope.