The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has recently awarded nearly $4.6 million in funding to support 11 community projects aimed at improving health outcomes in the state by enhancing infrastructure. TSET is providing resources to a range of initiatives, including the development of plans for community parks and trail systems, improvements to community fitness centers, and the creation of ADA-compliant sidewalks and playgrounds.
TSET Executive Director Julie Bisbee highlighted the importance of creating public spaces that promote active lifestyles and contribute to better overall health outcomes. “We know that environments that encourage physical activity are linked to improved health,” said Bisbee. “That’s why we’re investing in these projects to help create more walkable, accessible communities throughout Oklahoma.”
Several of the programs will be funded over three years, allowing TSET to track their impact on communities across the state. Bisbee encouraged local officials and community leaders to work together thoughtfully when designing public spaces to ensure they encourage active living and promote overall health.
The 11 awardees and their respective projects are as follows:
• City of Broken Arrow: Development of a multi-use trail system connecting various parts of the city
• City of Edmond: Construction of an outdoor fitness center in Centennial Park
• City of Norman: Improvements to Heritage Park’s walking trail system
• City of Oklahoma City: Creation of an ADA-compliant pedestrian bridge over Interstate 35
• City of Tulsa: Upgrades to existing park facilities, including trails, restrooms, and playground equipment