Tulsa Parks to Develop Master Parks Plan

Preliminary steps to create a new Parks Master Plan begins this week, when park planners from GreenPlay LLC, out of Broomfield, Colo., will conduct a series of focus groups in Tulsa.
It’s been 30 years since a master plan for the City of Tulsa’s Parks and Recreation Department was developed, said Nancy Atwater, Parks and Recreation Department Director.
The results of the six focus groups will be presented in a Public Forum, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5 at Central Center at Centennial Park, 1028 E. Sixth St.
“Our parks add so much to the quality of life in Tulsa,” said Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor. “They offer us not only beauty and the chance to appreciate nature, but places to get fit and exercise. All Tulsans can take part in the many educational programs offered in our parks. The time to evaluate our current park system and plan for the future is now.”
According to Atwater, the Tulsa Park system includes 125 parks covering roughly 6,000 acres. “Our largest park, Mohawk, is 2,820 acres, and the smallest, Gunboat North or South, is one-quarter acre in size,” Atwater said. “Many of our parks offer a wide range of facilities, services and programs throughout the year to recreation enthusiasts of all ages, economic levels and ethnicity.”
In addition to 6,000 acres of green space, Tulsa’s park system includes two nature centers, a 65-acre zoo & Living Museum, a Garden Center, 21 swimming pools, 197 sports fields, 83 playgrounds, 109 tennis courts, 28 water playgrounds, the River Skate Park, 69 picnic shelters, 18 community centers, hiking and biking trails, fitness facilities, gymnasiums and a dog park.

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