Riverside Grove Dedicated to Oklahoma City Leader

Friday, June 8, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, June 8, 2012 The late Stanley Draper, Jr. was honored for his longstanding devotion to Oklahoma City as the namesake of the Centennial Grove along the Oklahoma River. The 100-tree grove was formally dedicated as a living memorial to Draper on Wednesday, June 6 at a ceremony sponsored by the Tree Bank Foundation, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, local developer David T. Yost, the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department and the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority.

"Stanley played a huge part in making Oklahoma City what it is today," Chamber President and CEO Roy H. Williams said. "The Stanley Draper, Jr. Grove is a fitting memorial for a man so committed to improving and beautifying the city that he loved so much."

Draper, a former metropolitan events director at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, played a significant role in the development of the Tree Bank Foundation and the Oklahoma City All-Sports Association. Draper passed away in 2006.

"This Centennial Tree Grove, which celebrates a century of growth and development in Oklahoma, now honors a man that made so much of that growth happen," said Rob Shaff, President of the Tree Bank Foundation. "Stanley meant so much to the Tree Bank Foundation and we are so pleased to see him memorialized and remembered in such a befitting manner."

The grove is located on the south side of the Oklahoma River, one half-mile south of Reno on the east side of Pennsylvania Ave. The trails are open to pedestrians daily from 5 a.m. until 11 p.m.

For more information or for photos of the event, contact Kaylee McDaniel at 297-8971 or kmcdaniel@okcchamber.com.