OKC Parks Approved To Use $1 Million To Clean Up Ice Storm Debris

Tuesday, January 19th 2021, 5:27 pm
By: Karl Torp


The fear of being injured or even killed remains at Oklahoma City parks thanks to October's historic ice storm.

The City just approved more money to get rid of those dangers before it’s too late.

“There's a term in forestry called the widow-maker. They would fall on the lumberjacks and foresters and unfortunately, kill them,” said Martin Nature Park Naturalist Will Hagenbuck.

Hagenbuck said half of the nature park’s two and half miles of trails are closed due to broken limbs still hanging in trees.

“They could come down next week, they could come down tomorrow or today," said Hagenbuck.

About 1,000 trees along the trails of Martin Nature Park were damaged from October’s ice storm.

On Tuesday, the OKC City Council approved $1 million more to be used for tree limb removal for Oklahoma City’s more than 170 parks.

“The ground and this sort of thing will be cleaned up by April. We will be dealing the with broken and hangers well into the summer and into fall,” said Oklahoma City's Parks and Recreation Director Doug Kupper.