MAPS 4 puts focus on neighborhoods

via The Oklahoman

by William Crum

"A strong neighborhood makes a strong city," Parks Director Doug Kupper said Wednesday in remarks on MAPS 4 for business leaders from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Kupper and two other city executives reviewed proposals for parks, transit, sprucing up major traffic corridors, and for new sidewalks, trails, bicycle lanes and streetlights.

"The elements that are going to improve our neighborhoods will take us to the next level," Kupper said.

Proposed spending on parks, sidewalks, bike lanes, trails, streetlights, transit and beautification adds up to $344 million in MAPS 4. Another $70 million is allocated to youth centers and $30 million to senior health and wellness centers, serving wider areas but also situated in neighborhoods.

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