Today, Urban Neighbors representatives attended an Embark public listening session about the transit agency’s efforts to simplify its fare system in the lead up to the implementation of the streetcar, now under construction in our downtown neighborhoods. If you didn’t have a chance to attend one of the sessions, please consider taking this brief fare study survey. Even if you aren’t presently a transit user (though you should be), odds are in the next few years you will be, so this public input could directly impact you!
Looking for an Earth Day learning activity for your child? Then please register for the Urban Barefoot Gardeners Program, A Children’s Gardening Drop-in Workshop, taking place at our community garden this Saturday! Kids can get their hands dirty, learn about urban gardening, composting, and plant their own tomato seedling to take home! This is a free event, but spots are limited, so please register! The event has been made possible by the ARC Foundation.
Neighbors, it’s an exciting time in Downtown OKC with the streetcar construction underway. Your UN representatives attended the Downtown BID (business improvement district) Board meeting last week, and we learned that by this time next year (April 2018, construction delays notwithstanding), you’ll see streetcar vehicles making test runs on the Bricktown loop. We also learned that the city is providing an excellent way get weekly updates on construction progress. If you’d like to know exactly when roads will be closed, sign up for this mailing list to get those updates and plan your daily commute around that pesky traffic!
Urban Neighbors members have been invited to the “Back in Business at the Brick” event at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday, March 30th!
If interested, please RSVP by Monday to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Also, don’t miss the OKC Dodgers Fan Fest this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
|2017-18 School Enrollment Opens to Downtown OKC Families|
|OKLAHOMA CITY (Feb. 6, 2017) – Enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year is now open to residents living in the John W. Rex Charter Elementary School (JRCES) attendance zone in downtown Oklahoma City. The school serves students in pre-K to fifth grade.
This will be the first year the school offers fifth grade.
JRCES is a tuition-free charter school that opened in August 2014. Residents in the attendance zone are guaranteed a seat at the school. Visit the school’s website at johnrexschool.org for attendance zone information, enrollment forms and checklists.
A special early-bird window is open to downtown Oklahoma City families to secure a seat from Feb. 27 to March 10.
To enroll, bring residency verification documents and enrollment paperwork to the school office between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. This special window will allow JRCES to provide priority to downtown families. However, residents of the attendance zone may enroll at any time and are not subject to a lottery.
The school is located at 500 W. Sheridan Ave. in Oklahoma City.
John Rex Charter Elementary School offers a one-of-a-kind, quality education to economically and racially diverse students. The school is strategically placed in downtown Oklahoma City to provide teachers and students easy access to government, legal and cultural opportunities. The campus’ proximity to the Civic Center Music Hall, the Myriad Gardens and City Hall gives students walking access to multiple learning experiences.
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We noted previously that there would be at least one GO Bond workshop per ward in the coming months, and the downtown ward (6 and 7) meetings have been announced. Please try to attend!
- The Ward 6 meeting will be Wednesday, January 25th, at Leadership Square (211 North Robinson) from 11am to 2pm.
- The Ward 7 meeting will be Tuesday, February 28th, at Metro Tech Springlake (1900 Springlake Drive) from 5pm to 8pm.
You are not restricted to attending any or all of the ward meetings, so if you’re just after information or have questions, feel free to attend any of the other meetings that might fit better into your schedule.
Do you live downtown? In particular, do you live in Ward 7 downtown (see the interactive ward map if you’re unsure)? If so, if you qualify, and if you have been hankering for more involvement in your city government, now is your chance! The filling dates to run for the Ward 7 city council seat are NEXT WEEK (12/5-7)! More information is available on the city website.
Please join your neighbors on Thursday, December 8, 2016, as we visit one of Downtown OKC’s newest urban living options, the Metropolitan Apartments at 800 North Oklahoma Avenue. The fusion of modern design, location and technology, all with an urban twist, make the Metropolitan the ideal destination to call home.
Complimentary refreshments will be provided & our hosts will be offering tours.