Even though I’ve lived in Northeastern Oklahoma my entire life, I’ve never taken the time to explore Bixby Oklahoma the way I did today.
And can I just say, WOW! I had no idea.
The first stop on my list was Washington Irving Park which grabs your attention from the moment you pull in. You can’t help but notice the beautiful trees, wide walking trails and occasional picnic table. Other features you can’t help but notice is the twisted steel beam on display from the World Trade Center and a loving memorial to the children of the Murrah Building Bombing. Last but certainly not least is the Washington Irving Amphitheater which sits a little further back on the property.
From here I joined the heavy flow of traffic and immediately noticed what one of my facebook fans referred to as Banana Bridge. According to google, it was built in 1939 and closed to road traffic some time in the early 1990’s. It is now used as a pedestrian bridge for those who run the park trails.
In hindsight, I wish I would have braved the tall grass and taken a side angle shot but alas I’m a scaredy-cat when it comes to things that hiss, have 8 legs or jump out at me when I get too close. So until it gets colder and those things go where ever it is they go, this is what I have to share. 🙂
On the road again…
Almost as soon as I return to Memorial I can see the bright beautiful colors of Bentley Park Playground/Splashpad to my left. A quick turn on 148th and once again my jaw dropped at how impressed I am with how beautiful and fun Bixby is!
The Bentley Park has a little bit of everything. And I do mean EVERYTHING! The park features baseball fields, basketball courts, soccer fields, playground/splash pad, horseshoe pits, bocce courts, rodeo grounds, practice fields, a multi-purpose building and walking trails by the Arkansas river. I can see why it is an award winning park.
As I was leaving Bentley Park I saw a sign that said Business District to the left. As it turned out, I was now in the heart of old downtown Bixby. The Business District consist of about 4-5 blocks that are easy to navigate and full of life for all ages. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the small town businesses, eateries, Charley Young Park or even tie the knot at the Be Mar Chapel!
A few jaunts up and down the Business District and it’s time to get a move on. Lots to see and do before I run out of good daylight!
I take a right just past the Library and could tell there was a school up ahead by the line of buses. A quick glance at my clock and I realize I’m about to be swarmed by little busy bees! Onward I go! A few more streets South and East and BOOM! Spartan Stadium!
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect but I can tell you that Bixby is full of surprises! My first impression of Bixby HS is that it resembles a small college. Not only is the stadium impressive, but the buildings are equally as nice and spread out like a mini campus.
Unfortunately I didn’t get any snaps of the school itself (swarming students) but I did brave the long line of cars and finally found a parking spot close to the jaw dropping stadium.
Okay. As much as I’d like to stay and watch football practice I really must shake a leg and go find Lake Bixhoma.
I passed a pretty red barn and a Kerr McGee sign I simply couldn’t resist.
And thanks to guys at the KM station I got a little tour of their barns and an education about how Kerr-McGee was Deep Rock a few years before they changed it to KM.
I also learned that I over shot my turn for the lake! Thanks fella’s! A few high fives and I’m back on my way!
Just as I was instructed, I turned back, took a left at the church, curved at the fork and hung a right at the sign. I went up and down and all around and just when I was about to second guess the very technical directions I was given I caught a glimpse of the calm glistening water!
An immediate smile filled my face when I saw just how beautiful this little lake is.
The lake is about a 15 minute drive from downtown Bixby and slightly hidden by a valley of winding roads, trees and rocks. But when you arrive, you’ll be glad you took the time.
Speaking of which, the entire town of Bixby is worth the time! I was pleasantly surprised and extremely impressed with how focused the small town is on the health and entertainment of their youth.
On a scale of 1-5 I’d say the town easily scores a 5! I’ll definitely be going back very soon when the leaves begin to change.
Until next time!
Liz Ingersoll, Photographer
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