Stillwater News Press

March 18, 2014

Oklahoma Territorial Plaza in Perkins gets grant for restroom, concession stand

By Michelle Charles
Stillwater News Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Oklahoma Territorial Plaza, a historical park and community recreation facility in Perkins, will be able to build additional handicapped accessible restrooms and a concession stand thanks to a grant from the Payne County Economic Development Authority.

Perkins Community Foundation representatives David Sasser and Harlan Wells asked the county for $30,000 to build the new facility.

Sasser said the Territorial Plaza’s park and splash pad attract hundreds of families and its one restroom doesn’t meet the demand.

Commissioner Jim Arthur said he’s been pleased with how the Territorial Plaza has developed over time.

A previous grant paid for sidewalks and ramps and finished restoration of the old Methodist church building that had been relocated to the park.

It’s the oldest public building in Payne County, Sasser said.

Since its restoration it has been used for at least two weddings per month, community Zumba and yoga classes and events like family reunions, he said. It’s also the home of Monica Taylor’s Cimarron Breeze concert series which brings in regional and national musical acts.