Miami city officials announced Wednesday that an Oklahoma Century Community Grant Program, administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will fund the construction of a planned pocket park n Main Street.
The $58,254 grant will be matched with $59,099 in donated manpower and equipment from the City of Miami to create a $117,353 project.
Funding will be used to create the “Coleman Wall of Fame Pocket Park” adjacent to the Coleman Theatre.
The park will feature a water fountain, wrought iron fence and gates, tree plantings, brick pavers, antique street lights, signage, tables and chairs, and historic markers honoring a host of famous Miamians.
Those to be honored include the artist Charles Banks Wilson, Heisman Trophy winner/OU football great Steve Owens, county recording artist Keith Anderson, Steve and Cassie Gaines of the rock group Lynyrd Skynryd who were recently inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and humanitarian Fern Holland.
The project is a cooperative effort between the City of Miami, the Miami Downtown Redevelopment Authority, and the Friends of the Coleman.
“The Coleman Wall of Fame Pocket Park is an important beautification element in the City’s downtown revitalization program,” Mayor Brent Brassfield said. “Coleman Theatre grounds are a proper and fitting place to honor noted Miamians who have achieved notoriety in the arts, sports, entertainment industry, and humanitarian causes. We are proud of the community’s rich history, heritage, and its greatest asset…our people.”
Already in progress is a $2,000,000 project to create a new 11,000 square foot convention center/ballroom on the second floor of the Coleman Theatre.
A new addition will be added to the theatre building and the State of Oklahoma recently announced a $150,000 Community Development Block Grant that will pay for the installation of an elevator in the building addition to make the convention center accessible for persons with disabilities.
The Economic Development Administration — U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded a $500,000 grant to assist with project funding.