Ardmore fire hydrants getting a much needed makeover

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - An idea to bring a pop color to Ardmore came to life and it all started here with the painting of this fire hydrant.

"We were trying to think of something that would have a central, round centerpiece and the Despicable Me has the one single eye and we thought that'd be kind of cute," Sarah Veazey said.

Veazey spent Thursday morning getting her hands dirty by repainting a fire hydrant downtown.

"My six-year-old is going to help me with it," Veazey said.

The idea came from Maria Wilkinson, a member of the Create Ardmore team, who reached out to the Ardmore Clean Team for help.

"We are priming them all, getting them ready to be painted in a fun festive way to get everybody to come downtown," Margaret Ward, with the Ardmore Clean Team said.

The idea to brighten up the arts district downtown also helps out the Ardmore Fire Department because the hydrants haven't been painted since the '90s.

"Finally! We are going to get some of these hydrants painted," Woydziak. "We have such a busy schedule you know while it is up to us to keep the hydrants painted they kind of get pushed to the back burner when you're running calls."

Residents get to show off their creativity by painting everything but the top cap.

"We have those coded either red, orange or green and that allows us to know how many gallons per minute that hydrant will produce for us should we have to access it during a fire," Woydziak said.

Ward says at least half of the hydrants have already been claimed and they hope to expand the project to neighborhoods.

"You're making your mark downtown," Ward said. "You're leaving your mark downtown."

If you'd like to adopt your own fire hydrant, Ward says to contact Maria Wilkinson at Maria's Garden or contact Ward on the ACT (Ardmore Clean Team) Facebook page.

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