In the fall of 2015, a group of Cushing political leaders, city staff,
educators and community influence came together at the Cushing
Public Safety Center to unite behind one common cause. The
cause would inspire people to take personal ownership of their
community block by block with pride. The focus of the pride would
center on cleanliness and beautification. Birthed that evening was
For more than a decade, hearts in Cushing have cried for a cleaner
city. Town hall meetings in 2005 got the ball rolling. The theme was
birthed from those meetings, when it was determined Cushing is
not a very appealing community when it is not clean. Cushing in
2005 increased its code enforcement division, implemented new
ordinances focused on aesthetic improvements and building and
sign regulations. They were enforced.
Some may argue the city pride birthed in 2005 has not been
successful. Others disagree. The city allocates $100,000 per year
to abate uninhabitable properties. It continues to make strides by
removing said properties —most are unsightly — and we still have
work to do.
The city remains aggressive with enforcement efforts for property
owners who do not mow their grass and allow rubbish to collect.
Arewe better thanwewere 10 years ago? Most think so. Dowe have
more work to do? Yes, we all do. That’s right, we all do. Cushing
will never reach its potential unless we all take ownership in our
surroundings, our block our town. Hence: Cushing Pride.
In partnership with members of the community and business
community, Cushing Pride kicked off in November 2015. Seventy-
seven people said, “Count me in” during the first Cushing Pride
event. Numerous areas of Cushing were cleaned by a robust group
of volunteers. The resultswere immediately noticeable and tangible
tomany, especially those living in areas that were cleaned.
In 2016, more Cushing Pride events are being planned. “As we
and a place in Cushing Pride,” said Terry Brannon, chairman of the
CushingBoardof Commissioners. “All it takes is for you to standwith
us and say, ‘Count me in’. Be a Cushing Pride champion.”