Parks and medians throughout the city will soon be a lot greener due to a new water credit system being made available to neighborhood associations. Oklahoma City Council recently approved the Community Beautification Water Program, which will fund water needs for qualifying neighborhood associations.
The Community Beautification Water Program is among the approved programs in the city’s 2012-2013 budget. It aims to enhance the flower beds, trees, and street medians within the city by providing funds to neighborhood associations that would be responsible for watering the areas within their neighborhood. The program will go into effect on July 1 and last through June 30 of next year.
Qualified neighborhood associations will be able to receive a $1,000 annual credit for the cost of water plus a free provision for water meter installation, frost-free hydrants, and backflow preventers. Costs of boring under streets, installing distribution lines, and sprinkler systems, however, are not included in the program.
According to Nancy Anthony, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, funds for watering the trees and plants in parks has become the top issue of neighborhood associations. Through the new Community Beautification Water Program, the concern will be eliminated. Oklahoma City Community Foundation and city officials have been working together nearly six months to finalize the project.
Neighborhood associations may begin submitting their applications for the water credits on July 1. The deadline for applications is on September 1. Only associations that are registered with the Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma are qualified to apply.