A Gathering Place for Tulsa is on course to open this summer, and local experts anticipate an economic boost.
Some of that will come from out-of-state visitors traveling to see the 100-acre, $465 million park. City Councilor and Tulsa Community Foundation CEO Phil Lakin said a study found each those visitors leaves behind an average of somewhere around $200 in new money.
"And that’s great because all you’ve really done is use a little bit of our water and a little bit of our road," Lakin said.
Lakin said local visitors from cities like Jenks, Broken Arrow and Bixby will likely buy things in or around the Gathering Place, too, contributing to Tulsa’s sales tax revenues, but he sees the park’s greatest benefit in its potential to bring Tulsans together.
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