Noble is located immediately south of Norman in Cleveland County in the greater Oklahoma City Metropolitan area and was formed as part of the great land run of April 22, 1889. Noble is located just east of the South Canadian River and was one of the original towns formed along the Santa Fe Railroad on April 22, 1889. For years Noble was home to a busy railroad depot, several cotton gins, hotels and a thriving Main Street business District.
Today, Noble (population 5700) is a growing residential and business community in close proximity to Norman and The University of Oklahoma. The entire greater Oklahoma City area including Tinker Air Force Base are short commutes. Noble offers a variety of municipal services, including police and fire protection, an ambulance service, comprehensive land use planning and zoning services, parks and recreational activities, a library and cultural events.
The City also provides water, wastewater, storm water, and solid waste services to its residents. The utility systems operate for the benefit of the City of Noble and are an integral part of the City operations.
Rose Rock Festival
In 1968, the rose rock was officially adopted as Oklahoma’s State Rock. In May 1984, Governor George Nigh declared Noble the Rose Rock Capital of the World. In honor of this designation, Noble sets aside the first weekend in May to celebrate its annual Rose Rock Music Festival. The event, sponsored by the Noble Chamber of Commerce, brings visitors from all over Oklahoma and beyond to celebrate with Noble.
Traditionally, the festival begins on Friday evening, with a star search contest. Awards are given in several categories. Food vendors and other vendors begin moving in Friday and by Friday night the festival is in full swing. At 10 AM on Saturday, the annual Rose Rock parade which now lasts more than one hour begins at Etowah and Main Street and progresses through the downtown area before dispersing. The parade honors one of Noble’s own as Parade Marshall. Floats from local businesses, churches, and statewide dignitaries are numerous. Several high school bands provide great music, and area round-up clubs proudly display their beautiful horses and regalia. Contestants and queens from the annual Rose Rock Pageant participate as well as many entrees in the Rose Rock car show.
By the time the parade concludes, the festival centers on the City Hall complex at 304 S. Main Street. Craft vendors are everywhere and you can purchase unique items such as homemade furniture, custom jewelry, rose rock commemorative t-shirts, hats, quilts and more. The food court is busy featuring a good sample of Oklahoma cuisine: turkey legs, Indian Tacos, Onion Burgers, Bar B Que, Cinnamon Rolls and Strawberry Newberg, Then music begins. The music program is diverse and features some of the best musical groups in Oklahoma. The music program runs all day Saturday and concludes with a feature country dance band from 7pm to 10pm. This has become a country dance family event where you can set back and enjoy the music or get up and do a waltz with your sweetheart or teach your kids to two step.
The festival picks up again after church on Sunday where we have a battle of the praise bands from 1pm to 5pm. The food and craft vendors are still available. A key feature of the Rose Rock festival is the carnival that operates from Friday evening until the event closes on Sunday afternoon. The carnival sets up north of City Hall and offers a wide variety of rides for participants of all ages.
Rose Rock Museum
The Timberlake Rose Rock Museum, located at 419 S. Highway 77, is a free admission museum dedicated to Oklahoma’s state rock: the Rose Rock. Created in 1986 by Joe and Nancy Stine, visitors from all parts of the world have traveled to view the museums breathtaking Rose Rock displays. The museum also contains a gift shop where visitors are free to purchase their own beautiful rose rock sculptures and items.
In 2007 the City of Noble constructed the city’s first water recreation facility. Working with the Noble Park Commission and the Noble Now Foundation, the City constructed a 5000 square feet splash pad located in Dane Park, 501 S. 8th Street in Noble.
The Splash pad which was named in honor of Austin Hailey is officially called “Austin’s Big Splash”. The pad was opened in May of 2007 and has been well attended. Multi colored surface covered with beautiful geographic designs is fitted with state of the art nozzles that squirt water when set off by a manual activator. Park benches have been placed around the splash pad to accommodate visitors who stay for hours. The City is planning to add features that include water cannons and spilling buckets.
The splash pad is opened in May of each year and is available six days per week (It is closed on Tuesdays for maintenance) until after Labor Day. There is no charge to the participants and there is no age limit.
The Splash pad was part of the master plan to develop Dane Park into a children’s park that included a playground area, a skateboard park, picnic tables, a pavilion, and restrooms. The plan also added a community garden area that may be reserved by Noble residents to grow fresh vegetables and flowers and a lighted walking track that connects on the south to Kenneth L. King Park.
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Wednesday – Monday
10:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Closed on Tuesdays for maintenance.
The City of Noble is in process of constructing a group of walking tails and sidewalks that will make Noble more walkable.
In 2003 Noble completed the Riley Park Recreational Trail located at 1400 N. Main Street. This one mile long hard-surface lighted trail utilizes the densely wooded area around Berry Creek and the historic old abandoned Santa Fe railroad bridge. The facilities include a large picnic pavilion, playground and restrooms.
In 2009 the City was awarded a federal grant to construct 1.7 miles of SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL sidewalks connecting the middle school on N. 8th Street to Dane Park at 525 S. 8th Street. This sidewalk provides access to Pioneer Elementary, the Noble Public Library, the Noble Administration Building and K.I.D. Elementary. The City is pursuing additional funding to extend the SRTS Sidewalk to the High School.
In 2009 the City received a federal Recreational Trail Grant to construct a ¾ mile long, hard- surface, lighted trail at Kenneth King Park, a 20 acre site located at 1000 E. Maguire Road. The City also added a picnic pavilion, restrooms, and worked with a local disc golf group to include an 18 hole disc golf course in the heavily wooded park. The residential subdivision located just south of the park has dedicated common areas and park property to extend the trail to near the city’s south border.
In 2017 the City has applied for a federal Recreational Trail Grant which would place a hard surface, lighted trail in Dane Park that would connect by a crosswalk to Kenneth King Park on the south and the SRTS sidewalk on the NW corner of Dane Park. Dane Park has been designated as a children’s park and a Splash Pad, a Skateboard Trail, a picnic area, a community garden, restrooms, and a covered pavilion have been added. The proposed Recreational Trail would traverse the park. The City also is planning a playground area.
The City of Noble is constructing Kenneth L. King Park during 2009. The twenty-acre park (1000 E. Maguire Rd.) is located immediately west of Hubbard Elementary School. The new park will be a rustic, heavily wooded nature park that will contain a one mile hard surface, lighted walking trail. It will also be home to an 18 hole disc golf course that will be financed and constructed entirely with volunteer labor.