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campfire pit for enjoying roasted hotdogs and marshmal- lows. These features are particularly attractive for those utilizing the park for primitive camping. A large pavilion and a sand volleyball court are the latest additions to the property.


When it came time to construct a pavilion, Denise said they were blessed to learn of an individual in Grove who was in the process of dismantling a large fishing dock on Grand Lake. Many of the materials used to erect the structure were purchased inexpensively from the dock owner.


A grant from Northeast Oklahoma Electric


Cooperative’s Operation Round-Up program provided the funding necessary for Higher Purpose Park to construct a large sand volleyball court and purchase the equipment necessary to play such as a net and volleyballs. The same grant money also helped the park buy archery equipment.


“It was such a bless- ing and it came at the perfect time,” Denise said of the grant money. “It was so awesome.” The Glenns can


furnish accessories for popular activities like croquet, horseshoes and


Groups are encouraged to bring their own agenda and activities when they visit Higher Purpose Park. “We do offer some extras, but we basically just furnish the site itself,” said Denise. To know the Glenns is to know that they are never at a loss for a vision. They plan on teaming up with the Okla- homa Department of Wildlife to provide a wildlife famil- iarization program for youngsters. A puppet ministry and a recreation program for homeschool co-op groups are also in the works.


Items on the park wish list would be a ropes course


and zip lines. A Walk-A-Thon to benefit St. Jude Children’s Re- search Hospital is sched- uled April 7 at Higher Purpose Park, from 9 a.m. to noon. Denise is the area coordinator for the event.


“We are excited to


The Glenn family—(from left) Roger, Denise and Joshua—feel called to serve at Higher Purpose Park, located near the mouth of Monkey Island at Grand Lake.


sack races. Roger can also hitch up his a team of Hafflinger draft horses and pull a wagon ride around the park.


A petting zoo offers younger children the chance to interact with a variety of animals. The Glenns have miniature horses, miniature burros, miniature goats, horses, mules, a sheep, a llama, alpacas, rabbits, chickens, ducks, turkeys and guineas. Eventually they would like to add a camel, ostrich, emu and zebu to the petting zoo. Denise and Roger are both certified shooting sports instructors with Boys Scouts and can offer BB gun, archery and paintball target practice instruction. “Kids—boys and girls alike—have a great time with the shooting activities,” Denise said. And, if all of that isn’t enough, you can’t beat fishing in the stocked pond for a good time.


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help raise awareness and support for the mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which is to find cures and save children,” said Denise. “The Walk-A-Thon will truly make a difference in helping the children of St. Jude fight cancer and other deadly diseases.” Higher Purpose


Park does not permit smoking or alcoholic beverages on the pre-


mises. It is non-denominational and, while donations are accepted, there is no formal charge for admission. “Visitors can give as they feel led,” Denise said. For more information or to reserve Higher Purpose Park for your group or organization, call 918-257-4212 or visit online at www.higherpurposepark.webstarts.com. The park is located at the entrance to Monkey Island,


just off State Highway 125 on South 560 Road. The property is easily identified by the three white crosses that stand at the entrance of the park that serves as a reminder to those who enter here of the park’s higher purpose. “It’s starting to come together,” said Denise. “It’s grown a lot in a short amount of time—more than what we even thought. We just need people to be aware that it’s here and its available for them to use. It’s not just here to look pretty. We want people to use it.”


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