Lee Lake Project

April 12, 2016 – A partnership between the PlayForBurk Foundation Inc. and the City of Bartlesville will result in benches, tables and other needed items being installed at Lee Lake during a work day set for April 23.

Lee Lake is a City of Bartlesville-owned lake and park located on the north side of Adams Boulevard just east of Silver Lake Road. The fishing lake has been years in the making and recently opened for watercraft.

“Beautify Bartlesville,” a public service project, will bring the labor needed to install nine permanent benches, two grills, six picnic tables, three trash receptacles and many trees and shrubs in the area surrounding the lake.

The public is encouraged to attend and help the effort.

“This will be a great opportunity for the public to give back to the Bartlesville community,” said Clint Hansen, president of the PlayForBurk Foundation. “Lee Lake is a beautiful area, and it will be even better when there are more facilities available for the public to use when they come visit the area.”

The foundation has partnered with local youth to help carry out the service project for their Eagle Scout awards. The foundation has also partnered with the City of Bartlesville in planning the event.

The event will be held in conjunction with the City of Bartlesville’s annual Arbor Day Celebration, also planned for April 23 at the lake.

“We have been working with the City of Bartlesville from the beginning on this project. They helped us identify Lee Lake as an area that could use some enhancements, and we want to provide the resources and manpower to make those enhancements a reality,” said Hansen.

The foundation is asking volunteers to bring their strong muscles and sunscreen at 8 a.m. on April 23. All necessary equipment will be provided by the foundation. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up in advance on the foundation website www.playforburk.org.

The Lee Lake property, which was donated to the City of Bartlesville several years ago, includes the 16-acre lake, complete with a boat ramp, dock and three “finger islands,” as well as asphalt trails connecting to the city’s Pathfinder Parkway trail system, soccer fields, restrooms and Cooper Dog Park. The lake has been stocked with a variety of fish by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife and is open to the public for visiting.

“I think the public is going to love the improvements we have planned,” said Hansen.

The PlayForBurk Foundation is a local nonprofit organization created to carry on the legacy of Hansen’s son, Burk, after he passed away in 2015 at age 13. The foundation partners with local youth to promote service, faith, personal development, and recreational opportunities for the betterment of themselves and their community.

— Kelli Williams, chief communications officer, City of Bartlesville

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April 25, 2016 – An Arbor Day ceremony — complete with tree planting and hotdog grilling — was held Saturday at Lee Lake, Adams Boulevard near Silver Lake Road.

The ceremony was held in conjunction with Earth Day (April 22) and the “Beautify Bartlesville” project at Lee Lake, which included a work day to install picnic tables and benches at the city-owned fishing lake.

“We had a great turn-out for the Arbor Day celebration on Saturday,” said Parks Superintendent Bobby Robinson.

Arbor Day is one day each year that is set aside to recognize the importance of preserving and promoting the continued good health of the earth’s trees.

“The city of Bartlesville has a long history of excellence in this area, and our annual Arbor Day ceremony is an effort to continue educating citizens about how important they are,” Robinson said.

The Bartlesville City Council recognized Arbor Day by proclamation, stating the holiday began in 1872 when J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of tree. Arbor Day was first observed with the planting of more than a million trees in Nebraska.

“Trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife,” the proclamation states. “Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas and beautify our community.”

The city of Bartlesville has been recognized as a “Tree City USA” by the National Arbor Day Foundation for 33 consecutive years.

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April 26, 2016 – A partnership between the City of Bartlesville and a local nonprofit organization paid off big Saturday, with volunteers assisting the city’s Parks and Recreation Department staff with installing benches, picnic tables and other needed items at Lee Lake — the city-owned fishing lake located on Adams Boulevard near Silver Lake Road.

The city teamed up with the PlayForBurk Foundation Inc. for the “Beautify Bartlesville” project, which brought the labor needed to install nine permanent benches, two grills, six picnic tables, three trash receptacles and many trees and shrubs in the area surrounding the lake.

The project was completed during a scheduled Work Day, held Saturday in conjunction with an Arbor Day ceremony at the lake and Earth Day, which was April 22.

The PlayForBurk Foundation, a local nonprofit organization created to carry on the legacy of Foundation President Clint Hansen’s son Burk after he passed away in 2015 at age 13, partnered with local youth to help carry out the service project for their Eagle Scout Awards. The Foundation also partnered with the City of Bartlesville in planning the event.

“This project was a big success because of the volunteers who made it possible,” said City of Bartlesville Parks Superintendent Bobby Robinson. “We are thankful to everyone who turned out to help and participate on Saturday, and we’re especially grateful to the PlayForBurk Foundation and the Eagle Scouts who put so much time and effort into the project. They did an outstanding job.”

Robinson says thanks is also owed to Evans Nursery, which provided landscaping services at no cost to taxpayers.

“Evans Nursery came out on Friday and helped prepare the grounds for the installation,” Robinson said. “We can’t thank them enough.”

The Lee Lake property, which was donated to the city of Bartlesville several years ago, includes the 16-acre lake, complete with a boat ramp, dock and three “finger islands,” as well as asphalt trails connecting to the city’s Pathfinder Parkway trail system, soccer fields, restrooms and Cooper Dog Park. The fishing lake has been stocked with a variety of fish by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife.

— Kelli Williams, chief communications officer, City of Bartlesville

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