BetterBlockOKC is hosting yet another event, this time at the Old Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market at SW 2nd and Klein. This is between Downtown “proper” OKC and the OKC Stockyards, just South of Reno Avenue and North of I-40 at Klein. http://www.betterblockokc.com/this-saturday-bbokc-in-the-farmers-market-…
The Old OKC Farmer’s Market is a lovely cream colored structure that looks a good bit like the Alamo. It’s stucco walls, the rustic Mexican-style exterior and interior all but echo with the sounds of the past. It’s a place one wants to explore as is. Originally a haven for time off work after locally made or grown goods were sold…. a hub of humanity, community and opportunity. The Old Farmer’s Market provided various after hours entertainments including but not limited to dances with live music and roller skating.
Better Block OKC is part of a larger movement nationally that is referenced as “placemaking”. Steve Lackeyer does a great job of tracking the concept of Placemaking from the OU sponsored conference recently held in Norman, Oklahoma…. in this link http://blog.newsok.com/okccentral/2013/04/03/live-blogging-ellen-dunham-…
Within placemaking, an area is designated for a time limited occupation. Vendors and others consent to temporarily transform an area allowing the general public to see what other uses the space might have. This process of staging the property can include painting, building or merely reformatting space with temporary vendors. Nationally, acts such as this in many cases precede gentrification, and give ideas for space use, and improved liveability.
Seeing is believing. Experiential access is motivating. i.e. try it, you’ll like it.
As is, the property of the Old OKC Farmer’s Market has a high level of history, local charm and appeal regarding accessibility. It has had increasing short and long term occupation over the last few years as it has been refurbished and then rediscovered by the public.
The goal of BBOKC event is to work towards reclaiming the Old OKC Farmer’s Market as a renewed space to purchase local fresh foods, and as a hub for social and recreational gatherings.
Interested in going green? This event will begin with an 8am bicycle caravan from PASEO District to the property.There is no fee for this, and you can just show up, or you can log on and register http://www.betterblockokc.com/this-saturday-bbokc-in-the-farmers-market-… Paseo is @ 28th and North Walker in North Oklahoma City.
Persons can also hop the MetroTransit 9 or 16 to access the event in a green way. Single rides are 1.50 per person per trip for 12 and over, or 4.00 for a day pass of unlimited transfers over 24 hours.
At the event, there will be various sponsor booths, food and drink. Live music from local performers. A free multi-dimensional children’s section that includes: Fowler Toyota Pop Up Park, Legacy Bank Sandbox Treasure Hunt, SixTwelve: Printmaking with pigment from local foods, ACOG Kids Activities, Kids Coloring Book table.
The event is free and open to the public and is flanked by many other merchants who are involved in campaigns such as KeepItLocal, redirecting attentions and dollars back to downtown Oklahoma City,