The Pryor Times

April 25, 2013

Pryor plans for warm weather

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

— In a special meeting April 8 the Pryor Park Board discussed some requests with the city council.

The board requested seeking bids for a greens mower and a fairway mower for Pryor Golf Course. Members decided to request the council hire a full-time pool manager and a number of lifeguards for Whitaker Park Pool.

The Park Board discussed requesting council action to approve the use of Whitaker Park for the annual Tom Fleak Memorial Car Show June 1.

Pryor City Council discussed these requests and more at the meeting.

The council approved seeking bids for a refurbished fairway mower and a refurbished greens mower. Councilman Drew Stott reminded the council that the mowers should be certified refurbished mowers, each with a three-year warranty.

The council approved hiring Ellen Gwartney to manage the Whitaker Park Pool. She was hired through PeopleLink at $10 per hour.

Use of the golf course for the annual Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament was approved. The tournament benefits the Ministry Center, Free Clinic and the Pryor Area Chamber of Commerce Program of Work. The annual Golf Challenge is Friday, May 17.

Mayor Jimmy Tramel approved the contract for fire protection services with Pryor Creek Music Festivals Inc. for Rocklahoma 2013. The three-day outdoor music festival is May 24-26.

In other business, Tramel declared May 18 National Kids to Parks Day in Pryor.

This will be the third National Kids to Parks Day, which is organized and launched by the National Park Trust. The day is designed to empower children and encourage families to get outdoors and visit America's parks. The National Park Trust’s website describes the day as a “nation-wide day of outdoor play.” The site says NPT is “encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover the history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.”

The hope is that new generations will be introduced to parks and encourages a more active lifestyle. Tramel read the proclamation which said an active lifestyle helps combat the issues of childhood obesity, diabetes, hypertension and hypercholesterolemia.

“I urge residents of City of Pryor Creek to make time May 18 to take the children in their lives to a neighborhood park,” said Tramel.