"Sculpt 65.5 acres of land, add 6,000 trees and 1 million plantings, 20,000 tons of sandstone, a boathouse, a lodge and a dozen themed spaces with more than 160 play structures, and the result—called the “Gathering Place”—becomes much more than a new riverfront public park in Tulsa..."
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"In its first year, Tulsa’s Riverfront Park achieves fanfare and recognition, including USA Today’s Best New Attraction, TIME Magazine’s World’s Greatest Places, Urban Land Institute’s Global Excellence Award, American Planning Association’s Great Places and one of National Geographic’s 12 Mind-Bending Playgrounds Around the World..."
"...Although it was primarily privately funded, the planning and development of Gathering Place included significant public input and collaboration. The planning process included a nine-month period of public meetings and online public comment solicitation starting in 2012. More than 2,000 public comments were gathered, and the project team from the Kaiser Foundation and landscape architecture firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates built relationships in the community to gain additional insight and input."
"When the philanthropist George B. Kaiser spearheaded the creation of this $465 million green space on Tulsa’s waterfront, he hoped to help unite the city, which has struggled with inequality. The 66-acre park, which is open to the public for free, includes playgrounds, gardens, a skate park, a BMX track, a concert venue and a number of restaurants. It also hosts a variety of public programming, from Zumba classes to family nature walks, furnished by a $100 million endowment. Designers also prioritized accessibility: the park is built to be ADA-compliant, and there are desensitization areas for individuals on the autism spectrum." —Wilder Davies
"From Tulsa to Tokyo, imaginative spaces for all ages!
FOR TRAVELING FAMILIES with a full itinerary, a stop at the playground can feel like more work than fun. Sometimes the swing sets and twisty slides begin to blend together whether they’re in Buffalo or Budapest. Unless you’ve happened to stumble upon one of the world’s greatest playgrounds. Thanks to the playful imaginations of innovative architects, the days of squeaky seesaws and drab jungle gyms are giving way to outrageous designs and accessible environments that spark young imaginations. Here are 12 standout playgrounds that will delight the whole family..."
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"Gathering Place, Tulsa. Riverside Drive, one of Tulsa’s most accessed thoroughfares that connects the downtown area with the rest of the city, ran through the park’s overall acreage. This aerial view showcases the answer to accommodating vehicle traffic and simultaneously connecting the park’s landscape. The Boathouse is also visible in the background."
Tulsa's Gathering Place hasn't even been open for a year, and it snagged the number one new attraction in America according to USA Today...
"...When planning our spring break trip, I drew a circle around our home city of St. Louis. I didn’t want to drive more than six hours. I wanted family fun, something different and full of surprises.
Tulsa, about 400 miles from St. Louis, sat on the southwest edge of that circle. In the fall, the city had just opened a 66-acre, $465 million jewel of a park along the Arkansas River called Gathering Place, a name that literally beckoned me. The park’s landscape architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh, led recent changes to the Gateway Arch grounds back home.
We had to go..."
Some kids struggle to get enough to eat over the summer when school isn't in session.
The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Gathering Place are teaming up to fight this problem.
"We sometimes really see that food is a barrier to people being able to enjoy places like the gathering place," Community Food Bank of Eastern OK Community Initiative Manager Shiraya Proffitt said...
The Guthrie Green cocktail at Vista at the Boathouse, the new Gathering Place restaurant, is a nod to one of the city’s other major park facilities. It’s a mix of vodka, cucumber juice, mint, lime, syrup and black pepper...
Gathering Place announced its 2019 Signature Event Calendar. From cultural celebrations and food festivals to sports tournaments and seasonal events, it includes 11 free events from June to December.
“The one-of-a-kind signature events are designed to be world class by distinction and diverse in content to appeal to all demographics and provide unique engagements for guests,” said Executive Director Tony Moore. “We are proud to share this calendar of events and we look forward to welcoming Tulsans and visitors into the Park for experiences like none other...”
Gathering Place is the first project of its kind to win a Platinum Award in the 22-year history of Building Design+Construction’s Building Team Awards. All previous Platinum winners have been, as the program’s name would imply, buildings. And while Gathering Place does have two worthy structures—an impressive lodge and a wonderful boathouse, both designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects—it is, at its core, a 66½-acre public park and playground serving the nearly one million residents of greater Tulsa, Okla...
Review by Scott Cherry Photos by Stephen Pingry.
Vista is the latest addition to the 66-acre Gathering Place public park. We expected it to be impressive, and it was. The views from the 80-seat dining room were awesome, from the 60-seat rock patio and downtown Tulsa skyline to Peggy’s Pond and the Great Lawn concert area...
Gathering Place is among the world’s 19 finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s 2019 Global Awards for Excellence competition, which is widely recognized as one of the real estate industry’s most prestigious award programs...
Theme parks are most certainly at the top of every family’s summer to-do list. But, even a single day visit to parks like Disney World and Universal can be an expensive proposition for a small family. There is, however, one more option out there for park-lovers, and best of all, it’s completely free. Tucked away in Tulsa, Oklahoma, theme park aficionados can find the destination of their dreams known as The Gathering Place...
Most of us think public parks are the sort of place parents and grandparents take children.
But on a recent visit to our daughter, Tricia, and her family in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they were eager to take us ol’ folks to a super-deluxe, ultimate public park. It’s called the Gathering Place. Even after checking it out online beforehand, I was stunned to see such an elaborate place and enticing playground for young and old...
Gathering Place was chosen the nation’s best new attraction of 2018 in a USA Today Readers’ Choice poll.
In gratitude, Gathering Place is teaming up with the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture for a Tribute to Tulsa celebrating local music artists. The event is scheduled from 2-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Gathering Place...
TULSA, Oklahoma - Music will soon fill parks, sidewalks and other public spaces all over the city of Tulsa. Saied Music Company is partnering with Tulsa Mayfest to present "Play Me, Tulsa."
The public piano project combines art and music. Local school districts are also getting involved.
Twelve public school art departments from Tulsa to Broken Arrow are designing and painting pianos donated by Saied Music Company...
The long-awaited Gathering Place is open. Have questions about parking, food, pets? You have questions, we have answers...
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