The Greater Oklahoma City Parks & Trails Foundation will act as a leading advocate for parks, trails and public spaces in central Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City spends less than half of our peer cities on park maintenance according to the Parks Master Plan. Oklahoma City also ranks 97th out of the 100 most populous U.S. cities for how well we meet residents’ need for parks. We fell 16 spots from 2018, where we were ranked 81st out of 100. When compared to other cities, we shine in the number of splashpads per 100,000 residents. But when it comes to ensuring that all Oklahoma City residents have access to green spaces, and that we are investing and maintaining them all, we fall incredibly short.
At the Greater Oklahoma City Parks and Trails Foundation, we feel a critical responsibility to help improve the investment in the maintenance and operations of our parks for future generations. As a leading advocate for parks and trails, our first year will be dedicated to working with donors, community organizations and government agencies to enhance our local park spaces and educating people on how they can get involved.
We believe our public parkland should be preserved and maintained. We believe all Oklahoma City residents regardless of where they live, have the right to safe, accessible parks. We believe access to free recreation will make our city healthy and vibrant for years to come. Lastly, we believe that citizens should be able to actively come together to improve