A check for $25,000 to go toward Depot Park development from BNSF Railway officials was presented to the Board of Trustees for the Ardmore Main Street Authority, according to a press release from AMSA.
Chairman Todd Yeager was presented the check recently during the authority’s monthly meeting. BNSF was inspired to contribute to the Depot Park project after watching the restored Mercy train being moved and placed near the depot.
“BNSF looks forward to future collaboration with Main Street Authority on this project, especially since we have tracks, a train yard and a building bordering the park site,” said Joe Sloan, BNSF Regional Director for Public Affairs, in the release.
BNSF Railway was formed from the merger of nearly 400 railroad lines, and AMSA praised them for having a vital role in the development of transportation throughout the world.
“It is a pleasure to work with BNSF Railway to make the dream of a vibrant downtown Depot District a reality,” said AMSA General Manager Jeff DiMiceli in the release. “The vision of Depot Park to anchor the east end of Main Street will become a reality thanks to the partnership of supporters such as these.”
AMSA said Depot Park will eventually include outdoor seating, walking paths and landscaping. The authority welcomes donations for the development, and those interested in giving may contact the office at (580)226-6246.