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  1. #201

    Default Re: Gathering Place for Tulsa will be world-class park

    One huge difference between the Tulsa park and Myriad Gardens / Scissortail is that the latter already has hundreds of millions in construction projects rising all around with much more to come.

    The Gathering Place mainly backs up to nice residential areas and therefore will not spur anywhere near the same level of new investment.

    The parks are just very different in many ways, down to even the fundamental purpose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonny d View Post
    And I was not meaning that as a slight to the Gathering Place. It is more directed at the people who are using this park to further prosecute OKC. Both have their benefits. One accentuates its natural surroundings, and the other will fill a huge void in an otherwise blossoming south downtown area of OKC. Let's not let this park mean OKC is failing. That was all I was saying.
    Completely agree.

  3. #203

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    One huge difference between the Tulsa park and Myriad Gardens / Scissortail is that the latter already has hundreds of millions in construction projects rising all around with much more to come.

    The Gathering Place mainly backs up to nice residential areas and therefore will not spur anywhere near the same level of new investment.

    The parks are just very different in many ways, down to even the fundamental purpose.
    Very true, that to me is one of the biggest detractors from this park is that its impact is somewhat constrained by its surroundings. Though to the south there is space for redevelopment which is part of "Phase 3". No details have been released but it has been discussed that it will include high density residential development where the Crow Creek apartments used to be located. I know some of the property owners around 18th & Boston 3/4 mile to the north think this will spur new development in that area since it's adjacent to the Midland Valley trail that connects the park to Cherry Street and downtown. There is also a proposal by Coury Hospitality to build a 7 story hotel at 21st & Boston:


    Phase 2 is the next big project on the south end of the site. This will transform the areas used for construction parking and laydown into additional parkland and includes the new $35 million Tulsa Children's Museum and a trail connecting the park to Brookside.

    Children's Museum rendering

  4. #204

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    Park opens tomorrow with a parade and finishes with the concert. I got to take part in a sneak peek this week and was really impressed. The children’s play area was overwhelming and felt a bit discombobulated, but I know I would love it if I were 10 years old. everything else was great - my favorite part was the lounge docks on the pond.

  5. #205

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    Riverside is now open after being closed for 3 years during construction. The jogging/bike trail along the river has also reopened. The pedestrian bridge link to the west bank trail is still closed until the existing bridge is demolished and rebuilt starting next year. The bridge over Riverside below will connect the ped bridge to the MV trail which goes downtown.


  6. #206

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    My oldest son texted me saying 'Awesome' what they have done with Riverside after he saw the 'Gathering Place.' He still remembers the trips to Tulsa as a child fishing off the old bridge staying at the Camelot Inn. He drives the big rigs throughout the U.S. sees a lot of country. Loves Tulsa, he currently lives there; also commented on Kaiser's generosity.

  7. #207

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    A few more aerials from before the park opened







    The boathouse at night


    The playgrounds



  8. Default Re: Gathering Place for Tulsa will be world-class park

    World. Class.
    The truth is never embarrassed by honest inquiry.

  9. #209

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    Here's some phase II renderings and info.




    This is the new $45 million home for Tulsa Children's Museum Discovery Lab that is part of Phase II. It will be located on Riverside at 33rd, along Crow Creek. Construction should start next year and be done in 2020. Phase II along Crow Creek will take the park to within two blocks of the Brookside commercial district. Crow Creek is the "brook" in Brookside.

    The new $60 million Zink Dam with a white water flume and the new $25 million pedestrian bridge should be done about the same time.


  10. #210

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    Do you have a link or more info on the Zink Dam project?

  11. #211

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaddyShack View Post
    Do you have a link or more info on the Zink Dam project?
    Zink Dam will be rebuilt while they are building the new pedestrian bridge. Here is the plan which doesn't show the latest curved design for the bridge:


    https://riverprojectstulsa.info/inde...l-improvements

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    I visited this amazing park last weekend. I recommend arriving via shuttle. Parking would've been a nightmare if we had tried to drive there ourselves. We parked at Riverspirit casino and took a bus. I'm sure it's better during the weekday.

    I felt like I was at an amusement park minus the rides. There was no lack of things to do and your eyes never got bored. Everywhere you looked, there was beauty. The detail that went into this park is mindblowing.

    Highly recommend!
    The truth is never embarrassed by honest inquiry.

  13. #213

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    Anyone been to this recently? I have a 7 and 2 year old and are always looking for outdoor things to do for a day. We're from the OKC area but curious where out of towners should park, easiest way to get there etc?

  14. #214

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    Quote Originally Posted by John1744 View Post
    Anyone been to this recently? I have a 7 and 2 year old and are always looking for outdoor things to do for a day. We're from the OKC area but curious where out of towners should park, easiest way to get there etc?
    it is an amazing place for children they will love it

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    Quote Originally Posted by John1744 View Post
    Anyone been to this recently? I have a 7 and 2 year old and are always looking for outdoor things to do for a day. We're from the OKC area but curious where out of towners should park, easiest way to get there etc?
    We drove through the park area and there seemed to be plenty of parking there at the park.

  16. #216

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    Quote Originally Posted by John1744 View Post
    Anyone been to this recently? I have a 7 and 2 year old and are always looking for outdoor things to do for a day. We're from the OKC area but curious where out of towners should park, easiest way to get there etc?
    Your best bet is to park in the Lots just south of the main part of the park. Can be accessed off of 31st street just east of riverside.

  17. #217

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    Quote Originally Posted by John1744 View Post
    Anyone been to this recently? I have a 7 and 2 year old and are always looking for outdoor things to do for a day. We're from the OKC area but curious where out of towners should park, easiest way to get there etc?
    I went last Sunday and the weather was brilliant and the park was extremely busy. Had no issues finding parking, plenty of parking down near the sports courts towards the south end. It was a nice 10-15 minute walk to the center of the park (boathouse, lodge, and restaurants/shops).

  18. #218

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    No dogs, no me. Sad because I want to go see the park, but I always have my dog with me when I drive through Tulsa on the way home from Grand Lake. I've never heard of a park that won't allow dogs. It's a park, it's not a precious gem.

  19. #219

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    You can't bring a dog on a leash??

  20. #220

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    You can't bring a dog on a leash??
    Yup. Confirmed. No doggos.

  21. #221

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    I can understand the thinking due to the crush of people but...

    I would have very little use for any park where I couldn't bring my very well behaved dogs on a lead.

  22. #222

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    I can understand the thinking due to the crush of people but...

    I would have very little use for any park where I couldn't bring my very well behaved dogs on a lead.
    I have NO use for one. My dog is a geriatric miniature dachshund and poses little threat. You can have dogs on the west side of Riverside in the old River Parks area, but I've been there, seen that. And, I've found the further away from the Arkansas River you are, the better. Not just in Tulsa, but everywhere. Big rivers stink (to me at least).

    I'm glad I looked it up before I stopped and got chased away. Someone might have been cursed out.

  23. #223

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    Dogs are allowed on Wednesdays only. They are allowed in the rest of the Riverparks system on both banks.

    https://www.gatheringplace.org/event...ate/2019-05-15

  24. #224

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    So you can bring a loaded firearm but not a dog?

  25. #225

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plutonic Panda View Post
    So you can bring a loaded firearm but not a dog?
    no concealed or open carry. . . https://www.gatheringplace.org/planyourday

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