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City to Close Purchase of Land for Park

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

City to Close Purchase of Land for Park

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City to Close Purchase of Land for Park The City of Oklahoma City will close its $1 million purchase of a 300-acre tract of land northeast of Hefner Rd. and Meridian Ave., city officials said Tuesday. Seller of the land, to be developed as a city park, is Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. of New York. The land was valued at $1.5 million, according to a report from a third-party appraiser.

The city purchased additional parkland in response to a mandate from the National Park Service, which required Oklahoma City to replace parkland converted to commercial use by developers of Remington Park. According to a statement from Jo Ann Pearce, director of parks for the city, northwest Oklahoma City is the fastest-growing area and is most in need of a regional park. Pearce said Met Life offered an "attractive price" for the property, which is contiguous to parkland at Pat Murphy Park.

Estimated cost of development of a new park on the property is more than $1 million. Development will not begin until funds are identified for the project. The Oklahoma City Park Commission, and parks department staff, have begun work on preliminary concepts for future development, Pearce said. The process involves evaluation of the physical attributes of the land, and assessment of short- and longterm needs in the park.

Kuwait Buys AT&T Equipment from OKC Plant KUWAIT CITY - Two digital telephone exchanges and an earth station manufactured by the AT&T Technologies Inc. Oklahoma City Works have been delivered to Kuwait, AT&T said Tuesday. The equipment will play a major role in helping to restore telephone service in Kuwait, AT&T said in a prepared statement.

The equipment, valued at about $7 million, was ordered by Kuwait's Ministry of Communications in March and was delivered by AT&T Network Systems less than 60 days from the initial order. A normal interval from order to delivery for a 5ESS(R) digital switch is about 26 weeks. AT&T expects that its equipment will be handling calls in Kuwait by the end of the month.

Manufactured at AT&T's Oklahoma City Works, the equipment was prepared for shipment at an AT&T facility near Los Angeles, and flown to Kuwait over the weekend on two Air Force cargo planes, a C-5A and a C-141. The C-5A is the largest cargo plane in the United States.

AT&T has approximately 5,200 employees at the Oklahoma City Works at 7725 W. Reno Ave.

Governor Gets Treasurer's Bill The Oklahoma state treasurer's office would have additional oversight under House Bill 1051, which is on its way to the governor's desk after unanimous state Senate passage Tuesday. Principal co-authors of the legislation are House Speaker Glen Johnson, D-Okemah and Sen. …

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