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Name and plans revealed for huge park in Broken Arrow

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The name and plans have been revealed for a huge new park in Broken Arrow.

Broken Arrow voters approved $3 million to develop a new park in the southwest part of the city as part of Proposition 3 of the 2018 Build our Future BA General Obligation Bond

Broken Arrow City Council unanimously approved Elam Park as the name for the new park.

Parks and Recreation Director Matt Hendren unveiled the plans for the park, which will be around 53 acres off Florence St. between Olive and Aspen avenues.

The plans include:

  • 18-hole disc golf course
  • Boardwalk and gazebo
  • Community Center and Aquatics facility
  • Synthetic turf and entertainment space
  • Nature pavilion
  • Butterfly garden
  • Water garden
  • Outdoor classroom and water habitat
  • Tiki huts
  • Adventure play area
  • Sand volleyball
  • Basketball and futsal courts
  • Skatepark
  • Splashpad
  • Exercise stations
  • Tennis and pickleball courts
  • Hammocks and big swings

You can view the Draft Master Plan of the park here.

Citizens will have an opportunity to review the plan and ask questions during a public meeting later in the fall.

Construction of phase one of Elam Park is scheduled to begin in late 2023 and finished in late 2024.

“Maintaining and improving the quality of life in our community is our number one priority. One of the best ways to do this is through input from the citizens of Broken Arrow on how to keep our city a great place to live, work, and play,” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon. “This master plan of Elam Park represents an opportunity for our citizens to stay home and enjoy a better quality of life, to play right here in their own city.”

In June 2020, the Southwest Park Advisory Committee was established to develop a master plan and review park names submitted by Broken Arrow citizens. Approximately 200 park names were suggested, which the committee narrowed to four - Elam Cattletrail, Elam Conexus, Elam Haven, and Elam Park.

Elam was an important focal point of the committee. It wanted to recognize the park’s proximity to the original town of Elam and honor the history of Broken Arrow.

The townsite of Elam was settled in 1901 south of 111th St. on 140th E. Ave. in a cotton field on the Elam Hodge farm.

Soon after the rail line was built, and Broken Arrow was formally established, the people of Elam hauled their homes, general store, and cotton gin they had built-in Elam and moved it all to Broken Arrow.

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