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City of Broken Arrow Celebrates the Opening of a New Park June 14

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2022

The City of Broken Arrow is celebrating the opening of a new park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 14, at 11 a.m. The neighborhood park is adjacent to a new retention pond water feature with trail connections from the park to a walking trail around the pond. Other amenities include concrete plaza areas, shade structures, picnic tables, and benches.

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Rose District and AutismOklahoma Partnership

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2022

The Rose District and City of Broken Arrow are excited to continue its partnership with AutismOklahoma to provide Sensory Sensitive Days in the Rose District. We have three events planned for this year, with the first coming up June 23. Meet some of your favorite princesses and superheroes for a story time and interact with real-life superheroes from the Broken Arrow Police and Fire Departments!

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Officer, Firefighter of the Year Announced

By: Aaron McColloch | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2022

The Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce announced the Officer and Firefighter of the Year at its Annual Awards Gala Feb. 5, 2022. Congratulations to Broken Arrow Police Department Detective Brett Burton and Broken Arrow Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Seth Rich!

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Muscogee Nation, City of Broken Arrow Leaders Gather for “Historic” Meeting

By: Aaron McColloch | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2022

Blessed. Encouraged. Historic. Those were the words City of Broken Arrow and Muscogee Nation officials used to describe the first-of-its-kind meeting between the two governments’ legislative bodies on Tuesday, May 3.

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National ‘Kids to Parks Day’ May 21

By: Lesa Jones | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2022

Nienhuis Park and Ray Harral Nature Center will host two events celebrating National Kids to Parks Day on May 21. Kids to Parks Day is a national day of outdoor play celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May. The event is in its 12th year and is in coordination with the National Park Trust and Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation and its purpose is to encourage people to discover and explore the outdoors at local, state, and national parks.

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Officer, Firefighter of the Year Announced

By: Aaron McColloch | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2022

The Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce announced the Officer and Firefighter of the Year at its Annual Awards Gala Feb. 5, 2022. Congratulations to Broken Arrow Police Department Detective Brett Burton and Broken Arrow Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Seth Rich!

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Drive-Thru Recycling and Litter Clean-Up

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2022

Residents around Broken Arrow are gearing up to beautify the city! The annual Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful Trash Bash & Recycling Rally is back! Join us Saturday, Apr. 9, at Events Park, located at 21101 E. 101st, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a day of litter cleanup and recycling collection. You do not need to be part of a cleanup group to participate in the drive-through recycling event.

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23rd Annual Homeowner’s Association Workshop Saturday, April 16

By: Lesa Jones | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: April 2022

The 2022 Broken Arrow Homeowners Association Workshop is back Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Conference Center, across the street from the Bass Pro Shop. In its 23rd year, the City of Broken Arrow’s free annual workshop is an opportunity to get answers to property and neighborhood questions from a variety of experts in the know. The workshop is open to all, and you are not required to be a homeowner or HOA member to attend. 

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City Council Approves New Plan to Transform New Orleans Square

By: Lesa Jones | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2022

The City Council unanimously approved a new Overlay District that reimagines New Orleans Square at the meeting on Feb. 15. This new urban design framework comes after more than two years of consultations and study with area property owners, two consulting firms, City staff, and a seven-person New Orleans Square Advisory Committee. The new zoning document will guide the area’s future growth surrounding the intersection of West New Orleans Street and South Elm Place.

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Officer, Firefighter of the Year Announced

By: Aaron McColloch | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2022

The Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce announced the Officer and Firefighter of the Year at its Annual Awards Gala Feb. 5, 2022. Congratulations to Broken Arrow Police Department Detective Brett Burton and Broken Arrow Fire Department Firefighter/Paramedic Seth Rich!

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Broken Arrow celebrates Arbor Day March 22

By: Lesa Jones | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2022

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Arbor Day, students from Oakcrest Elementary, members of the City Council, and the BA Parks & Recreation Department will plant trees at Arrowhead Park, 300 E. Washington St. on March 22, beginning at 10 a.m.

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BAFD’s first Smoke Diver recognized

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2022

"Helping people every day and getting to run into burning buildings, that's exciting," said Broken Arrow Firefighter Wade Ambrose. "That's my kind of job!" Ambrose just completed the Oklahoma Smoke Diver program and became the first Smoke Diver for the Broken Arrow Fire Department and one of only 50 in the state. The Oklahoma Smoke Diver Program is a 501 (C) non-profit organization based on the original Georgia Smoke Diver Program.

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Broken Arrow Veterans Center to Host Veterans Information Event

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2022

The Broken Arrow Veterans Center will be hosting a Q&A forum-style event for local veterans to ask questions and learn about resources available to veterans.

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City, Chamber Welcome New BAPS Superintendent

By: Value News | Category: Education | Issue: January 2022

Over the years, the City of Broken Arrow, Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, and Broken Arrow Public Schools have collaborated with a focus on strengthening the community to benefit its citizens, businesses, and students. It is a transcendent partnership built on thinking boldly, maintaining core values, and building consensus on public issues. The City of Broken Arrow and the Broken Arrow Chamber would like to congratulate and welcome Chuck Perry as the new Superintendent of Broken Arrow Public Schools.

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Fire Hose Ceremony to Open New BA Fire Station #7

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2022

The City of Broken Arrow will officially open a new Fire Station #7 with an unusual ribbon-cutting ceremony on Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. The new station is located on the southeast corner of Washington Street and 1st Place, just south of Arrowhead Park, at 201 E. Washington St. This new Station #7 replaces the 50-year-old Fire Station #7 currently located on South Elm Place and Edgewater Street.

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City of Broken Arrow – New Orleans Square Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2021

The City of Broken Arrow is excited to announce the next official New Orleans Square event, the Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival! New Orleans Square’s inaugural Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival will be a celebration of the most wonderful time of the year! With vendors selling the perfect gift for a loved one, kid’s activities, hot chocolate, and most importantly Santa Claus, this will be a joyful event to get you ready for the holidays.

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‘Sanitation Santas’ Deliver Holiday Miracles

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2021

Sometimes Santa wears a Cowboy hat. For more than 40 years, City of Broken Arrow Sanitation Manager Bill Cade and the Solid Waste and Recycling Department have delivered Christmas miracles to Broken Arrow children in need.

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It’s a Wonderful Life in Broken Arrow

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2021

It’s a wonderful life in Broken Arrow and we would love for you to join us in kicking off the holiday season! On the evening of Thursday, November 18 the Rose District will come alive with holiday spirit.

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Veteran Finds Camaraderie at Military History Center

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2021

Matthew McHaney, 57, served nine years in the Army Airborne Division and made 26 jumps. Originally from Denver, Colo., McHaney had stints in Ft. Campbell, Ky., Ft. Bragg, N.C., Ft. Richardson, Alaska, Ft. Meade, Md., and Ft. Sherman, Panama.

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Broken Arrow News Notes Recap

By: Value News | Category: Special Interest | Issue: September 2021

Broken Arrow news that you may have missed.

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Broken Arrow Hires New Communications, Media Relations Manager Aaron McColloch Started July 19

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2021

The City of Broken Arrow has announced the hiring of Aaron McColloch as its new Communications and Media Relations Manager. “The Communications and Media Relations Manager is the primary spokesperson for the City of Broken Arrow while managing the City’s Communications Divisions, which includes the City’s website, social media channels, newsletters, press events, media relations and Cox Cable Channel 24” said City Manager Michael Spurgeon.

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Broken Arrow Announces New Departments, Directors General Services Director Retires After 32 Years

By: Jennifer Swezey | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2021

The City of Broken Arrow is pleased to announce the selection of two new directors that will take over responsibilities of the City’s solid waste and maintenance services operations, respectively, which were previously managed under one department called General Services. Jerry Schuber will lead Solid Waste and Recycling, and Ryan Baze will lead Maintenance Services.

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Sign-Up for Festivals in Broken Arrow Oct. 1-3, 2021: “Chalk It Up!”, BA Rose Festival, Rose Kites Over BA!

By: Value News | Category: Special Interest | Issue: July 2021

The City of Broken Arrow invites you to the 9th annual “Chalk It Up!” An Art Festival and the 7th annual Broken Arrow Rose Festival. ArtsOK, the Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow’s “Chalk It Up”, an Art Festival and Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful’s Rose Festival, presented by Walmart, is a celebration of our city’s love of the arts and roses.

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Broken Arrow Announces New Departments, Directors General Services Director Retires After 32 Years

By: Jennifer Swezey | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2021

The City of Broken Arrow is pleased to announce the selection of two new directors that will take over responsibilities of the City’s solid waste and maintenance services operations, respectively, which were previously managed under one department called General Services. Jerry Schuber will lead Solid Waste and Recycling, and Ryan Baze will lead Maintenance Services.

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New Mayor, Vice Mayor Elected in Broken Arrow Mayor Wimpee and Vice Mayor Gillespie Begin Two-Year Term

By: Jennifer Swezey | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2021

Following the swearing-in ceremony for incumbent City Councilor Debra Wimpee (Ward 1) and newly elected City Councilor Lisa Ford (Ward 2), the Broken Arrow City Council voted to elect Debra Wimpee as Mayor and Christi Gillespie as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 20. Wimpee and Gillespie will each serve a two-year term in those roles.

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Broken Arrow Breaks Ground on Brown-Kimbrough Arts Center

By: Jennifer Swezey | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2020

Together with representatives from AVB Bank, ArtsOK, and the Brown-Kimbrough family, officials from the City of Broken Arrow broke ground Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 2:00 p.m. on the new Brown-Kimbrough Center for Arts, Innovation & Creativity. The two-story center will feature multiple classrooms, flex space, gallery space, and indoor/outdoor areas to host events. This innovative space will be a unique destination in the Rose District and will serve to the enjoyment and education of the citizens in the entire metro area.

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Broken Arrow Announces New Director of Engineering and Construction

By: TJ Gerlach | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2020

After a nationwide search, Ethan Edwards has been appointed as Broken Arrow’s new director of engineering and construction. Edwards joins the City from Cowan Group Engineering, LLC, where he has been the operations manager since 2017. His previous experience also includes nine years as the Water and Wastewater Division Manager, Principle, and Tulsa Office Lead at Professional Engineering Consultants. Learn more at ValueNews.com.

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Pride in the Safety of our City

By: Craig Thurmond | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2019

Business Insider and 24/7 Wall Street attribute the city of Broken Arrow to being in the top 20 safest cities in the country. Partnerships between highly trained public safety personnel, alert neighbors and innovative government administration help make this possible. Learn about the crime prevention programs and why Broken Arrow is known for its safety in the February 2019 issue of VALUES News Magazine.

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Oklahoma's Rose

By: Teresa Bond-Mason | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2018

Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond recently accepted the 2018 Livability Award at the 86th U.S. Conference of Mayors honoring Broken Arrow’s Rose District. The award, which recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, was a tough competition between more than 150 other cities.

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