School, city approve plans for downtown park

Both the Jenks School Board and Jenks City Council passed resolutions Monday night paving the way for construction of a park in downtown Jenks.The proposed park location, situated on A Street between Second and Third Streets, is owned by Jenks Public Schools. Under the agreement, the city will lease the property from the school and use excess Vision 2025 funds to construct a park.

“This is an exciting development for downtown Jenks,” Jenks Chamber president Josh Driskell said. “This green space will provide residents, businesses, students and teachers a place to gather, to play, to listen to music and more right off of Main Street.”

Last year, chamber staff orchestrated the Central Parklet, a temporary three-day park on Second Street north of Main to the alley. Positive community response to the parklet helped guide policy discussions.

The next step is for the proposal to be presented before Tulsa County’s Vision 2025 board for approval. According to city staff, that will take place in November.

To make up for lost parking, the city will pave new lots north of the Rock Gym and at First and A Street.

October luncheon to feature opening of ‘The Hive’

The Jenks Chamber of Commerce’s October luncheon will feature the grand opening of The Hive, a 6,000-square-foot creative space in downtown Jenks – and the new home of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce.

With the tagline “Where creativity gathers,” the Hive features 3,000 square feet of rentable event and gallery space and 1,000 square feet for working artists. Logo_Secondary

It will also house the Jenks Chamber of Commerce staff, which will oversee the building and its programs.

The luncheon will take place at noon Oct. 21 at the Hive, 115 S. First St. in Jenks.

The presentation will include a history of the space, remarks from local leaders, a look inside the remodeling process a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

RSVP to by 4 p.m. Oct. 19 to attend.

The cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members, $20 for non-members.

Art on Main to bring local art, music to downtown

Main Street Jenks will be filled with Oklahoma’s best artists, wineries and musicians on Oct. 10 as part of Jenks’ award-winning annual festival, Art on Main.ArtonMain

Recognized by the Oklahoma Department of Tourism as an outstanding event, Art on Main is a one-day celebration of Oklahoma-made art, wine and music.

The festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street Jenks, as well as First, Second and Third Streets.

Musicians include Abbey Road Academy, Willyecho and Center Stage Performing Arts.

Several of the region’s most popular food trucks will also be on hand throughout the day for hungry attendees.

Art on Main is sponsored by:






Chamber members voted ‘Best in the World’

Congratulations to the Jenks Chamber of Commerce members voted ‘Best in the World’ in 14 categories by Tulsa World readers. They are:Tulsa World BITW 2015

Best Veterinarian: Dr. Meredith Dooley, Woodland West Animal Hospital

Best Insurance Agent: Brian Smith Insurance (Finalist: Tedford Insurance)

Best Bank: Bank of Oklahoma (Finalists: First Oklahoma Bank, Arvest Bank)

Best Credit Union: TTCU The Credit Union (Finalist: Oklahoma Central Credit Union)

Best Nail Salon: Bella Vita Spa and Salon

Best Cheap Eats: QuikTrip

Best Mexican (Tex-Mex): Los Cabos Mexican Grill and Cantina

Best Door and Window Replacement: Windows by Jeff

Best Residential Real Estate Company: Chinowth and Cohen Realtors (Finalists: Coldwell Banker Select, McGraw Realtors)

Best Adult Education: Tulsa Tech

Best Trade School: Tulsa Tech

Best Tulsa Pro Sports Mascot: Hornsby, Tulsa Drillers

Favorite Tulsa Pro Sports Team: Tulsa Drillers

Best Antiques: River City Trading Post






Leadership Jenks Class 29 announced

Congratulations to all those selected to participate in the 29th class of Leadership Jenks, the state’s longest-running community leadership program.

They are:

Amy Bors

Cory Box

Patricia Bryan

Lacey Burg

Wendy Carson

Kim Coon

Nia Darrington-Stokes

Coleman Hickman

Nathan Holloway

Lindsey Koehling

Jen Lyness

Brendon Maguffee

Brett Mize

John Potter

Dahlia Rainwater

Fred Reid

Stephanie Schrack

Mark Stewart

Steve Struttman

Darian Thomas

Ry Whiteman

Amber Williams

Kasey Wilson

The monthly class teaches participants the fundamentals of government operations, community development and the local economy. The first class will take place Oct. 13.



Simon To Build Tulsa Premium Outlets®

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, announced the location for its Tulsa Premium Outlets® in the City of Jenks, Oklahoma.


This much-anticipated project will be built along the south side of Creek Turnpike just west of the Arkansas River in Jenks’s River District. The first phase of the development will be approximately 325,000 square feet and feature 80 to 90 stores offering residents and tourists exceptional brands at extraordinary savings. Construction in Jenks is scheduled to start in spring 2016 with an opening in summer 2017.

“We are eager to serve the entire Tulsa metropolitan market from this location,” said Mark Silvestri, COO of Simon Premium Outlets. “We are really looking forward to bringing our vision of value shopping, which has been extremely popular throughout the world, to Tulsa.”

“Tulsa Premium Outlets will serve as a top-tier destination for visitors to Jenks and the greaterTulsa market,” said City of Jenks Mayor Kelly Dunkerley. “Public investment in infrastructure around the Arkansas River is returning dividends to the entire region in the form of private investment and job creation.”

Simon has long been active in Tulsa as it owns Woodland Hills Mall and has invested significant capital in that property, including the dramatic makeover of the food area renamed “Dining at the Hills,” making it Oklahoma’s signature retail destination.

About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit

About Simon Premium Outlets®
The global Simon Premium Outlets portfolio offers exceptional brands at extraordinary savings through a diverse mix of luxury, designer and popular retailers representing the best in fashion, family and home. Our 85 Simon Premium Outlets in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada,Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea are some of the most iconic and productive shopping destinations for residents and travelers including Woodbury Common (New York City), Orlando, Desert Hills (Palm Springs), Las Vegas and Wrentham Village Premium Outlets (Boston). For more information visit or follow Premium Outlets on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Les Morris, Simon, 317.263.7711,, Barrett Waller, Waller & Company Public Relations, 918.284.0796,

Homecoming parade float entries now accepted

The Jenks High School homecoming parade will be Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Jenks. This year’s sponsor is the Jenks DECA program.

Click here for a packet of information for parade participants, including information on how to enter a float. 

The deadline to enter a float is Sept. 30.

From DECA:

We are looking forward to this NEW opportunity! 

1)      We have a dedicated email address for ALL correspondence. The email address is  We will check it daily!

2)      With each parade entry, a portion of each entry fee is going to the Jenks Community Food Bank Building Fund

3)      There is an inclement weather policy  

Click on the link for access to the  Jenks High School Homecoming Parade Information.  Please read through the general instructions as there are three parts to the registration process.

1)      Registration Form

2)      Hold Harmless Agreement

3)      Submit payment/transfer of funds (after you receive your invoice from us)

Deadline is Wednesday, September 30th at 5:00 pm.

Fire department to offer disaster prep course for businesses

Is your business disaster ready?

Jenks Fire & Rescue is offering disaster preparedness training. Learn how to:

  • React to crisis (small fire extinguishment, first aid, safe utility control)
  • Reduce financial impact
  • Rapidly restore normal operations

This three day course is being held September 19, 26, and October 3, 9am – 5pm each day at Jenks Fire Station 2, located at 1115 W. 121st Street. Jenks Fire is hosting this class at no cost to participants, but you must register in order to attend.

Call or email for more information or go online to register at:


Mellanee Roberts

Jenks Fire & Rescue

CERT Program Manager


Bancfirst offers chance to meet OKC Thunder star

BancFirst has announced the WILD About Steven Adams Family Fun Day contest. Entry to the drawing is open to the public and one winner from each BancFirst community will be selected. The winner and three guests can enjoy a day at the OKC Zoo topped off by a private VIP sea lion show at the OKC Zoo Aquatic Center, co-hosted by Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams. This is a fun-filled show with lots of audience interaction. Following the aquatic show each community group will meet and have a photo taken with Adams. bancfirst-logo

Register for your chance to win at any BancFirst location in the state from September 1 through September 10, 2015. Each winner will be allowed to bring three guests to the event, but minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

“We are thrilled to offer the people of Jenks this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a current NBA star at one of Oklahoma’s prime tourist destinations,” said BancFirst Jenks president Chris Smith. “Having people from all over the state coming together to share this unique experience highlights how BancFirst is always finding new and interesting ways to be loyal to the communities we serve.

Tara Henson, Director Marketing/Public Relations Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden commented, “Community partnerships between like-minded, community-oriented organizations, is simply a win-win. We are excited to join BancFirst in providing a unique, exciting and fun day for Oklahomans statewide.”