Land known for its lone oak tree to be­come next north­west OKC park

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - METRO | STATE - BY ROBERT MED­LEY Staff Writer rmed­[email protected]­la­homan.com

A gi­ant, lone, oak tree sprawls across the Bluff Creek bot­tom land. At 30 feet tall and 123 feet wide, it dwarfs trees grow­ing in a nearby creek bed.

The tree soon is to stand in Ok­la­homa City’s next pub­lic park, planned near NW 150 and Port­land Av­enue. On a 130-acre plain along Bluff Creek, the tree is on land once owned by the late oil­man and phi­lan­thropist Dean A. McGee, who named the land Lone Oak Farms.

The un­de­vel­oped, open space on the west bor­der of Lone Oak East hous­ing ad­di­tion was do­nated this month to the city by de­vel­oper Lone Oak LLC. Ok­la­homa City Coun­cil­man Mark Stoneci­pher said the de­vel­oper ac­quired the land in 1999 from the McGee fam­ily, and agreed to do­nate the land to the city for a fu­ture park.

Doug Kup­per, Ok­la­homa City Parks and Re­cre­ation di­rec­tor, said the do­na­tion of land in a rapidly de­vel­op­ing part of Ok­la­homa City will not only pre­serve the nat­u­ral tree but also parts of na­tive Bluff Creek.

Kup­per said the park will be the north­ern­most park in the city when it opens some­time next year.

“Get­ting this amount of land and the abil­ity to pre­serve and pro­tect an iconic creek bed, the Bluff Creek sys­tem, is very im­por­tant to the park sys­tem,” Kup­per said.

Stoneci­pher said res­i­dents from nearby hous­ing ad­di­tions are pitch­ing in on ideas for the park’s use. The Lone Oak Farms Home­own­ers As­so­ci­a­tion do­nated the four acres the tree is on. North of the tree is a large open field that had been farmed for hay in the past. The tree will be near the south end of the park.

“The tree is go­ing to be the fo­cal point of the park,” Stoneci­pher said. “It is go­ing to be pre­served and cared for.”

[PHOTO BY CHRIS LANDSBERGER, THE OK­LA­HOMAN]

This oak tree along Bluff Creek in north­west Ok­la­homa City, which in­spired Dean A. McGee to name his farm here Lone Oak Farms, is to be the fo­cal point of the fu­ture Lone Oak Park near State High­way 74 and NW 150.

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