The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

March 15, 2014

Put ‘Boomer’ west of Enid Event Center

I hope that the City Commission will approve the plan developed by Ron Janzen to relocate Harold Holden’s magnificent statue of “Boomer” in the garden planters of the new plaza west of the new Enid Event Center. This location will be comparable to its previous location northeast of the previous meeting facility.

As the new hotel facility comes on line, the plaza will become more prominent in events downtown, and “Boomer” needs to be in the center of our city’s consideration.  

He truly represents why people came to the Cherokee Strip and Garfield County in 1893 — and why they continue to do so. He helps tell Enid’s story, and does so in an elegant way.

In many ways, he is the spirit of our city and our region. Thus, the community should be proud of him and feature him prominently!

“Boomer” is truly an iconic piece, both in artistic merit and historical significance.

I hope the City Commission elects to follow the Janzen recommendation.

John L. Cromwell

Enid

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