Tulsa offering Vision 2025 money to neighborhoods across the city

Monday, November 22nd 2004, 10:29 am
By: News On 6

There's money for the asking under the Vision 2025 plan, for worthy projects in Tulsa's neighborhoods. It could be something to make it safer, or better looking, or just something long overdue.

News on 6 reporter Emory Bryan says Tulsa resident Ray McCollum wants new entrance signs in the Minshall Park neighborhood where he lives. "It helps with values, it helps with people coming through here, everybody involved is helped if they know where Minshall Park is.”

McCollum and other Tulsa neighborhood leaders plan to ask for money under Vision 2025.

Anyone can apply for it. The rules allow for a broad range of projects, from signs, to landscaping and sidewalks - whatever could beautify and improve the neighborhood for less than $25,000. For the neighborhoods, it's a chance to get a piece of the Vision 2025 money.

This first phase is just $150,000, but there's more than $2-million in the Vision package set aside for neighborhood projects. The rules and application are online - both created by a citizens committee that will pick the winning projects next spring. Gary Kruse with the Neighborhood Task Force: “Tulsa was always known as America's most beautiful city and we hope this money will help Tulsa become more beautiful."

Ray McCollum doesn't know how much his neighborhood might get - if anything. But he's hopeful. "There ought to be something for everybody because we all voted for it, so it ought to be for everybody and we want our share."

Neighborhoods associations or other groups within a neighborhood can apply for the money. Guideline information is available on-line at the City of Tulsa web site.

The applications are due by mid-February, and the money will be awarded in the spring.