Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OK Health Center Celebrates Completion of Founders Plaza, Featuring the Beacon of Hope

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

OK Health Center Celebrates Completion of Founders Plaza, Featuring the Beacon of Hope

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A four-year-long project has come to a close. On Nov. 2, the Oklahoma Health Center will celebrate the Oklahoma's City newest attraction - Founders Plaza at Stiles Park, featuring the Beacon of Hope. Fund-raising efforts began in 2002 to build a landmark sculpture unique to Oklahoma City and welcoming visitors to the Oklahoma Health Center. Located at Eighth Street and Stiles, the park was designed by architect Rand Elliott of Elliott and Associates Architects.

Founders Plaza is a tribute to the five founders of the Oklahoma Health Center - Harvey P. Everest, E.K. Gaylord, Dean A. McGee, Dr. Don O'Donoghue and Stanton L. Young - and 20 committee members who traveled to Houston in 1965 to visit the Texas Medical Center. Inspired and determined to create a world-class medical center, the Oklahoma Health Center emerged.

Stiles Park is the oldest park in the Oklahoma Territory, first dedicated Aug. 29, 1901. Named after an early peacemaker, Captain Daniel Frazier Stiles, this 200-foot circular park remains a community focal point. …

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