Ruby Grant Park
144 Acre Park Breathes New Life Into City of Norman
Located at 3110 W. Franklin Road, Ruby Grant Park was built on the land that once belonged to Thomas Sherman Grant, who acquired 148-acres from the Land Run of 1889. Before his daughter, Ruby Grant, an OU graduate, and Norman educator passed in 1998, she requested that the land be given to the University of Oklahoma Foundation and ultimately turned into a park to be used by the public.
Ruby Grant Park is the sixth community park in Norman and the first on the west side of Norman.
The park is spread across 144 acres and features an inclusive playground, accessible by children of all abilities, multiple pavilions, a dog park, an 18-hole disc golf course, 2.5 miles of trails, a cross country course, five sports fields, and eventually additional trails and a splash pad.
The terrain alone was expected to present challenges. Still, the added stressors of the pandemic presented our team with a way to develop solutions to ensure this project stayed on time and within the budget, which it was.
Our team combated stubborn earthwork by emphasizing the use of technology to ensure big picture decisions were made efficiently and effectively. With a bid of $500k less than our competitors, we saved the city of Norman an immense amount of money, opting to complete the earthwork ourselves.
This project delivered more to the community than ever imagined. With prior limited resources and activities to enjoy the town of Norman, community members and schools can now benefit from this large park. After seeing the success of this project, the city of Norman has opened its minds to additional projects with Crossland as the leader, with plans to renovate its city hall and library buildings.
Industry Sector: Community
Size: 144 Acres
Delivery Method: Construction Management
Owner: City of Norman
Architect: Howell & Vancuren
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