Mineral Wells Park and Banner Park will soon see additional improvements as the City of Guthrie was approved and awarded a $70,000 grant to help continue projects that promote physical activity, wellness and overall community health.
The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors approved the grant.
TSET Healthy Incentive Grants for Communities are designed to help cities and municipalities adopt and implement best and promising practices for tobacco-free city property, access to healthy and nutritious foods, and physical activity for the benefit of the whole community.
The City will utilize the funds to add shade structures to the splash pad facilities in both parks.
The TSET Grant requires no local matching funds from the City of Guthrie.
“The Guthrie community is fortunate to have a City Council with the leadership and vision to support projects that promote physical activity, wellness, and overall community health to enhance the quality of life for area residents,” City Manager Leroy Alsup said.
Alsup also recognized Guthrie Human Resource Director Kristin Elsenbeck for her general administration of the City’s wellness efforts and drafting of the TSET Grant Application submitted to the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.
The TSET Healthy Communities Incentive Grants are awarded based on the City adopting an ordinance that prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products, implementing a Worksite Wellness policy, community actions achieved by the community toward an environment of wellness, and population size of the city/municipality. The program provides criteria for three award classifications for each of the population categories: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The City met the criteria for all three categories, receiving the maximum funds available to the community.
Alsup said Guthrie crews and City officials are continuously working to promote safe, outdoor activities. The city manager referenced the construction of Banner Park in 2018 and improvements to Mineral Wells Park in 2020 as recent examples.