(July 11, 2006) – The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department will host a ceremony renaming Grove Park after longtime City Councilman Jack W. Cornett at 10 a.m. on July 19.
Cornett was elected to office in 1977 and served as the Ward 3 City Councilman for 24 years – the longest tenure of any Council member in the history of Oklahoma City. In 2001, he ran for the District 2 Oklahoma County Commissioner and remained in that office until 2004.
During his tenure, Cornett served as chairman of the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust, managing board member and chairman of the Lake Atoka Association, trustee of the McGee Creek Authority, trustee of the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority and planning commissioner. Cornett also sat on numerous committees over his 24-years of public service.
The current Ward 3 Councilman, Larry McAtee, requested the renaming.
“Jack Cornett invested twenty-four years of his life serving the citizens of this area, Ward 3 and the city as a whole as our Councilman,” said McAtee. “This investment of time and effort has contributed greatly to the quality of life that we all enjoy today. He served during challenging times. It is fitting therefore that we honor and thank him for his investment by re-naming Grove Park as Jack W. Cornett Park," he added.
Grove Park was officially renamed Jack W. Cornett Park in April 2006.
Jack Cornett Park, which is in Ward 3, is located at 3100 N Grove in northwest Oklahoma City. The 5.4-acre park has a playground and a tennis court.