Is it time to retire the gorilla in the town park?
Oologah is upgrading the town park with renovations on the gazebo and new picnic tables. Is it time for the kitschy black gorilla to retire? Or should it stay?
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Stay…I was with my Dad, brothers and sister when this was put in. I believe the Kiwanas Club funded it, which he was a part of. It’s a memory I will always have with my late father.
I think it should stay. It looks really neat to be sitting at the park. Everyone enjoys it.
Our class decided that we should keep it because if the town gets rid of it, they will be ruining the childhood of future generations. It would also be shattering childhood memories of others.
Stop monkeying around with the Gorilla! STAY
I think it should stay. When I was younger my sister and I would go to the park and we always enjoyed seeing the gorilla. It has become a part of our memories and a part of Oologah. I want future generations to be able to enjoy it as well.
I have a photo of my youngest daughter sitting on the gorilla. She was 7, she just turned 34. This past year I took a photo of her 7 year old daughter on the gorilla. I hope to one day take a photo of my great- granddaughter on the gorilla. Please don’t take away the future memories of the children still to come,that will also LOVE the gorilla!
STAY it is part of my boys childhood. Just paint him so he will look better!
First, there needs to be a contest to give the poor fellow a name. Just referring to him as “The Gorilla” is demeaning.
Second, perhaps instead of getting rid of the Gorilla, Oologah officials, with help from the County or Cherokee Nation, should consider buying several more of these concrete animal statues, different animals of course, and placing them throughout the park. Then put in some restroom facilities, and post a sign on the highway advertising it as a rest and play area, encouraging travelers to stop and visit the Oologah “Zoo”. Families could stop and use the facilities, parents could stretch their legs while their kids run and play amongst the animals. And who knows, they might even wind up spending a few dollars at a local business?
It must stay,! Everytime our family drives by I tell them say “Hi” to dad, it always brings a giggle or two.
Dad, let us know if you want equal time!
He has a name…..it is Sammie
If this was facebook I’d “like” that.
If the space is not needed for something important, an animal statue is always great. The gorilla is good, but I’d hate to see it given a goofy name. Should be something august. And paint him black, but don’t paint the eyes unless you do it realistically. The goofy white mask ones are also demeaning.
STAY! We loved playing on the gorilla when we were kids and both of my children have enjoyed it as well. I remember when it had a big cement ball chained to its ankle!
I remember that, too. Anyone know what happened to it?
I think the Ape should STAY. My buddys and I have made a lot of memories in that park, the least they could do is keep the gorilla around. Maybe fix it up a little, but keep it around.
I moved here 16 years ago. I thought the gorilla was great then and I still do today. Why get rid of something just because it is old. Get someone to paint it that will take pride in the job. Please make sure he has eyes.