Elk City Voters Approve Community Action Plan Projects (C.A.P.P.S.)
In February of 2019, Elk City voters approved continuation of a one penny sales tax for twenty years (by a vote of 2 to 1) for community projects that will enhance the quality of life of its residents. A citizen committee representing all areas and ages of residents worked for nearly two years getting public input, vetting ideas, and selecting projects that Elk City residents desire. The one cent sales tax will generate $70 million dollars to pay for these projects.
The first project which was completed in March of 2020. The city installed synthetic turf in 17 baseball and softball fields. Elk City will be the only city in Oklahoma to have that many top quality fields which will allow for many more teams to come and play ball in our community. Elk City had 82 teams in its youth baseball program this year, most were teams coming from communities in our retail trade area.
The second project which is well underway will provide a 50,000 sf activity center, with three full sized basketball courts, six volleyball courts, an above ground walking track (with elevator access), a senior citizen area for cards, dominos, and visiting, which will overlook the indoor playground, several multipurpose rooms, and offices for management.
The next several projects that are planned include a new Aquatics Center, a new Convention Center, and an Ag Expo Center (big enough to house an indoor rodeo) and a new Oil and Gas Museum. Also planned are a Farmers Market pavilion, a Food Truck Court, splash pads in neighborhood parks, and a dog park or two.
Also proposed is a hike/bike trail system that will connect Lake Elk City up through downtown and out to Ackley Park and surrounding areas.