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The goal of the Poteau Improvement Project and the Mountain Gateway Community Alliance is to make a difference throughout the tri-city area.  This ranges from beautification projects to unique events to large scale programs.  On this page, you’ll find details about our projects, as well as our ambitions to make the Poteau area a better place to live, work, and play.

City of Poteau

 

  • The Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative: Across the country, a major push to help improve and revitalize neighborhoods has been going on.  With the Mountain Gateway Community Alliance, we want to bring that initiative here.  The first phase will be in planning and conceptualization.  Once project plans are finalized, we can begin the real work of cleaning up our neighborhoods.
  • Historical Placemaking: As with the projects that were completed in downtown Poteau, we are looking at creating more historical points of interest throughout the region.  Not only will these help honor the past, but they will also create points of interest to visitors and travelers coming in to the area.

 

The MGCA Artist Cooperative

 

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Floorplan for the MGCA Artist Cooperative

 

The MGCA has secured a 5,000 sq. ft. building for use for the Artist Cooperative.  This space will contain individual galleries, two main galleries, a maker space, an event hall, and MGCA offices.

Currently, we are working on cleaning out the building in preparation for the base work.  The overall steps are as follows: Cleanup and trash removal; painting; installing floorcovering; purchasing equipment; and finally getting utilities fixed and set.

Phase I is getting the base set; this includes painting and floorcovering.  The event room will use existing floors.  The maker space will be laminated hardwood floors.  The remaining space will be carpeted.  The individual galleries will be taken care of by the occupants.

Goal: $5,000 for Phase I

This helps purchase paint and floorcovering.  With this purchased, the building will then be usable.

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Artist COOP Basic Donation



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Witteville Historic Drive

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  • Cavanal Hill Historic Trail: With the research that we’ve gathered, one of our goals is to turn the route up to Cavanal into a historic trail.  This would feature areas such as the railroad accident, the mining camp, the town of Witteville, the logging accident, Captain McKenna’s orchards, Walter Beard’s Resort and Spa, and Sen. Kerr’s summer home.
  • Witteville: During the late 1800’s, there was a thriving coal mining town at the mid-point up the hill.  Over the last several years, Standridge has been able to map out all of the locations at Witteville.  As it was such an important place in history, we hope to be able to create a Witteville Park that showcases some of this history.

Cavanal Hill has been a big destination point ever since the late 1800s, however, many don’t know that the road that goes up to Cavanal Hill is also just as important.

The road leading up to Cavanal follows the old Witteville railroad tracks.  At the end of the tracks, around the “Y”, was the old mining town of Witteville. Almost forgotten, this town played a crucial role in the development of Poteau.

Phase I of development will consist of erecting a miner statue at the intersection of the “Y”.  This will be followed by a monument that depicts the history of the town.  This location is important because it was the center of the town, where the old general mercantile store once stood.

This will begin to form the historic route leading up to the peak of Cavanal Hill.  It is meant to both honor those who have mined Cavanal for decades as well as to generate more tourism for the region.

The cost of the statue is just over $2,000.  Our goal is to raise $2,500.

Goal: $2,500

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Coal Miner Statue and Landscaping



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Downtown Heavener Revitalization

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  • Downtown Revitalization: We are conducting a feasibility study for the revitalization of Downtown Heavener.  This will be a merchant/resident led program.  Most of the study has been complete, however, we want to ensure support from the City of Heavener before progressing.
  • Marketing and Promotions: Work has already begun on various marketing and promotional campaigns to help increase the awareness of what all Heavener has to offer.  Several meetings have also been set up with the KCS railroad in order to promote the history of the railroad in the area as well as to determine if there are other viable economic impacts that can be had through the railroad.

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Downtown Heavener Revitalization



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Downtown Wister Revitalization

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  • Downtown Revitalization: Studies have been completed that will allow for the revitalization of the downtown district in Wister.  Because a highway runs through the downtown district, much of the work will have to be through private building owners.  The goal is to clean up the appearance of the downtown area and then to market the downtown area to potential business as the “gateway to Lake Wister”. Ultimately, we hope that this will bolster the local economy by creating an “outdoor enthusiasts” destination point.
  • Work has began in the downtown district with the painting of several historic buildings.
  • We are currently asking for donations for additional buildings to be painted.

Goal: $500

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Paint for Downtown Wister



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Secondary Projects

 

Wister Lake

  • Various improvements: Wister Lake is one of the largest assets in the area, both socially and economically.  As such, we have been working towards bolstering the status of the park.  Initially, this is done through marketing and GIS generation.  We have been working on mapping trails and determining areas of opportunity.
  • Events and Activities: We are geared up to begin hosting more events out at Lake Wister.  The purpose of these events will be to raise money for the Poteau Improvement Project, to help purchase items needed at Lake Wister, and to help further promote the lake as a tourist destination location.

 

Poteau River

  • Cleanup: We hope to be able to begin cleaning up the Poteau River within the next two years.  Primarily, this would be ensuring that all of the trash and other items have been removed.
  • Development:  Feasability studies are in progress to determine if the Poteau River could be developed as a tourist attraction.  We have met with Oklahoma Tourism, Oklahome Commerce, the Oklahoma Water Resource Board, and several others to determine if this is a possiblity.  Additionally, we have conducted water tests to verify the safety of the water.  If the feasability studies prove to be true then we will be working towards generating plans for future development.

 

Frisco Trail

  • Assistance: Primarily, our goal with the Frisco trail is to provide assistance where needed.

 

Generate Awareness

  • Online: We are working through several different tools to help increase Poteau’s visibility in the online community.  One of Standridge’s partners has recently been aquired  by a much larger company that has a significant online presence and is optimized for SEO and SERPs.
  • Print Media: We are working with various individuals in order to create literature that focuses on many of the areas that we are working on.
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Timeline

While some of these projects have already begun, some won’t be ready to implement for several years.  This is considered a long term project.  In some areas, we’re already seeing results, but in others, it could take several years for those to show.  Overall, the projects listed here should be in progress within five years.


Completed Projects:

  • WPA Tours and Twyman Park Historic Location: A study of all of the WPA locations and parks has been completed in Poteau.  As part of our historic tours initiative, we will be creating maps and publications that highlight the various WPA locations in the area.
  • Other tours: We are working on conducting other studies to map out different tours within the town of Poteau.  These include historic cemetery tours, art tours, Black Angus tours, and others that are being considered for inclusion.

Questions

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