As the temperature was rising in Cushing Saturday, so was the height of the piles of tires at the City of Cushing maintenance and storage yard on Moses Street.
According to Cushing Pride Executive Director Richard Thackray, he, along with Cushing Pride team members John Moran, Laura Green, Amy Marie Nelson, and Latina R. Simmons and city employee Jeremy Brown, arrived around 8:15 a.m. for the 9 a.m. event and people were already lined up in their cars to dispose of their tires.
Thackray said that tires of all shapes and sizes were taken.
“From small tires to those gigantic monster truck tires, we unloaded up until 3 p.m. when a final count found 717 tires on the ground,” he said.
The tires were picked up Monday morning and taken to Bristow where they will be transformed into playground pellets and turf fields.
“For Cushing, it means a clean city recognition by Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, one of only two cities within 50 miles,”Thackray said. “Thank you to ODEQ and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful for this opportunity. Thank you to Cushing City Manager Terry Brannon for his guidance throughout the project.”
According to Thackray, Brannon was spending his Saturday at the cemetery on Harmony Roadand Main Street, volunteering in a cleanup project there.
“Cushing Pride, it's what we do!” he said.