City of Guthrie hosts groundbreaking for Owen Field expansion project

Left to right: Steven Gentling – Mayor, John Talley – State Rep. District 33, Dr. Mike Simpson – Superintendent, Phil Nichols – Task Force Member, Kim Biggs – City Clerk, Chris Evans – Task Force Chair, Jon Chappell – Task Force Member, Menecca Gibbs – Task Force Member, Eddie Faulkner – City Manager, Tenny Maker – Public Works Director.

Last week the City of Guthrie hosted a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction for the long-awaited expansion project for Owen Field Sports Complex.

In 2021, the City of Guthrie received a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Award Letter from the Oklahoma Department of Tourism (OTRD) announcing that Guthrie was approved for a $1,000,000 LWCF Grant for the Owens Field Softball Complex.

After a lengthy process of moving the project through state and federal approvals, the project has been released for construction and we are finally moving forward with an improved sports complex for our community.

Subject to bid submissions, the project will include the following site improvements:

•              Construction of new softball/baseball fields
•              Installation of a lighting system at one new field
•              New ADA-compliant concession/restroom facility
•              Quick connects for irrigation at each field
•              New entryway from State Highway 33
• ADA-compliant parking area to serve all fields

The Guthrie Sports Task Force, appointed by the City Council, worked diligently with a wide array of city staff and City Engineer Bill Myers of Myers Engineering to develop a project scaled to a fundable size to be both affordable and competitive for this grant opportunity.

The City projects that construction for the project will start early May.


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