Merrel Harley Medley was just a young engineer when he accepted a job in the City Engineering Department. He worked his way through the ranks and was named City Engineer in 1979 and later added Community Development Director to his title. His first major task was shepherding the construction and development of the Myriad Gardens and the Crystal Bridge. Medley was a good engineer but what set him apart was his ability to withstand the inevitable difficulties that come with the job: “He never seemed worried about setbacks or about ultimately not being able to succeed. He was very personable with a positive personality.”
Medley was an active booster for south Oklahoma City and this park was named in his honor by proclamation of the city council in 1985. The park also has some interesting art features. Just past the parking lot you can find a brick relief sculpture by Donna Dobberfuhl. Look along the sidewalk along Pennsylvania Ave and you will notice two sculptures, one of a human figure called Jumble by Joe Slack and the other Balanced Perspectives by Collin Rosebrook.