Parks & Recreation
The City of Noble obtained an eleven-acre parcel of land at 1400 S. Main Street in the 1960s largely through the efforts of long time Planning Commissioner, Mr. Slim Riley. The tract was expanded by a Recreational Trail Grant in 2003 to include one mile of lighted asphalt walking trails, a large covered picnic pavilion, restrooms, park benches, picnic tables and barbeque pits and paved parking. This renovated park which has some of the largest trees in Noble and is traversed by Berry Creek and unusual topography has become a source of pride for the community and is well used day and night.
Riley Park is one of two important historical sites in Noble. The abandoned Santa Fe Railroad Bridge located at the far west end of the park was part of the original railroad built in 1887. This railroad facilitated the land run of 1889 when Noble was founded. Eventually the tracks were moved farther to the west and this site was abandoned. The original stone and brickwork are still in place to showcase the construction styles of the late 1800s.
Dane Park is located at 501 S. 8th Street in Noble. The five acre tract was donated to the City by Paul Dane and is home to the new Austin Haley’s Splash Pad. The new water facility was constructed by City employees and is open during the summer months. The Dane Park master plan includes a hard surface, lighted walking trail, a community garden area, picnic tables, a skateboard facility, a pavilion, and restrooms.
Dane Park is the south connecting point at Oak Street and S. 8th Street to the new KATS (Kids Active Transportation System) safe routes to school walking trail. The Dane Park walking trail will also be a connecting point under Maguire Road to the new Kenneth L. King Park which will have one mile of lighted walking trails and a new disc golf course.
In 2007, a twenty acre tract owned by the Noble Industrial Trust was deeded to the City of Noble to be used as a park. The late Kenneth L. King, a long time owner of First State Bank of Noble was chairman of the Industrial Trust. Successor Trustees donated the tract to the City with the condition that it be named Kenneth L. King Park.
The City has been awarded a Recreational Trail Grant to be used on this site. Improvements will be constructed during the 2009 year. The Park which is located at 1000 E. Maguire Road will connect under Maguire Rd to Dane Park and will include a one mile asphalted, lighted walking track; restrooms, a pavilion, paved parking, and a disc golf course.
Senior Citizens Center
The Community of Noble has a functioning Senior Citizens Association and Senior Citizens Center. The Center is located at 606 Maguire E. Road in Noble, on the SE Corner of Maguire Road and Hwy 77 (Main Street).
The Senior Citizens Center has a kitchen, cafeteria, and meeting areas, and is open to the public from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. Aging Services, Inc. of Cleveland County has an agreement with the Noble Senior Citizens of Noble, Inc. to provide a meal during the hours of 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM Monday through Friday to people 60 years and older. There is a suggested (but not required) donation of $2.00 for the meals. It is requested that you contact the center to give a 24 hour notice of your intent to attend the luncheon. The Aging Services, Inc. also takes meals to the homebound on a daily basis. Rhonda Freeman is the site manager and may be contacted at 405-872-5921.
The Senior Citizens Association annually elects officers and plans a variety of activities. Currently the Association hosts a music jamboree and potluck supper the first Friday Night of each month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The City of Noble owns and maintains the facility and has future plans to improve to site.