Simmons Bank Donates $1.5 Million for Block 34 Development Project

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Simmons Bank made a $1.5 million donation to support Block 34 for development of a large, open-air covered pavilion in the event space.

The financial institution has a long history of serving Oklahomans with continuous efforts to develop and advance Stillwater.

“Simmons Bank is excited for the opportunity to be a part of the transformation of downtown Stillwater through Block 34,” said Kevin Fowler, regional community president for Simmons Bank. “This development will serve as a destination for cultural, educational and social gatherings.”

The bank location at the corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street is currently under construction with an expansion project. Fowler included this was also an investment into the downtown area.

Stillwater City Council ceremoniously accepted the donation during the meeting on Monday, April 1, with Mayor Joyce acknowledging his appreciation of the commitment made by Simmons Bank and their continued support, sharing that they are a huge anchor in our downtown area and whole community of Stillwater.

The Simmons Bank Pavilion and entire Block 34 project is under construction and is expected to be complete and open to the community in late summer 2025.

Scott Petty, Vice President at Simmons Bank, thanked Deputy City Manager Brady Moore and City Attorney Kimberly Carnley for their hard work throughout the process. He included, “it’s great to be a partner with Kicker and the Steve Irby family in this community investment project.”

Kicker and the Irby family have contributed approximately $8 million for development with $800,000 for future operational expenses.

Upon completion, Block 34 will include lush landscaping, art and walkways, shaded areas with tables and seating, play areas for children, a splash pad, space for food trucks and Farmer’s Market vendors, the Kicker Sound Stage and Simmons Bank Pavilion. For more information, go to